Aztec Stories of the Hummingbird Spirit
Legend has it that the widow Coatlicue entered the Temple of the Sun, and as she did a brightly colored ball of feathers fell at her feet. She picked up this ball of hummingbird feathers and held it to her bosom, and became impregnated, soon giving birth to Huitzilopochtli.
The Birth of Huitzilopochtli
He was born with a spear in one hand, and a shield in the other. A plume of Hummingbird feathers adorned his head, appearing also on his left leg. Huitzilopochtli means “the humming-bird on the left”.
Hummingbird Sun Beam
Huitzilopochtli became a great hero. Upon her death Coatlicue became the goddess of flowers. Some believe that the hummingbird was the original totem of the Aztecs. The language of the Aztecs referred to the hummingbird as “sunbeam” or “sun’s hair”.
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