A relatively small jadeite head of Coyolxauhqui, elder sister of Huitzilopochtli. The elements beneath her eyes are tears. She weeps because she has just been chopped into pieces by her newborn brother. The myth explaines Aztec imperial destiny. The forces of nature called upon the Aztecs, an otherwise insignificant group, to run the world they had set in motion at Teothihuacan. The story shows just how ruthlessly the Aztecs had to do this. They had to fight very hard, but equally certain was it that they could never shed their imperial destiny.
A number of Coyolxauhqui images exist. The most dramatic is still in situ at the foot of the south stair on the Temple Mayor. It can be seen at the heart of present-day Mexico City, behind the cathedral.
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