Aztec New Fire Ceremony

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Mark Cartwright
by Unknown Artist
published on 15 February 2016
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The lighting of fires during the Aztec New Fire Ceremony of 1507 CE, a ritual held every 52 years to ensure the continuation of the Sun. The priests carry fire bundles and wear turquoise masks in imitation of the fire god Xiuhtecuhtli, as do the women and children at the bottom right. The figure at the top centre is the Aztec ruler Montezuma II. 16th century CE, Codex Borbonicus, Sheet 34. (Palais Bourbon, Paris)

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Artist, U. (2016, February 15). Aztec New Fire Ceremony. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/4554/aztec-new-fire-ceremony/

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