Centzon Totochtin

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In Aztec mythology, the Centzon Totochtin (Nahuatl pronunciation: [sent͡son toːˈtoːt͡ʃtin] "four-hundred rabbits"; also Centzontotochtin) are a group of deities who meet for frequent parties; they are divine rabbits, and the gods of drunkenness. Some of their named members include Tepoztecatl, Texcatzonatl, Colhuatzincatl Macuiltochtli ("five-rabbit") and Ometotchtli ("two-rabbit"). Their parents were Patecatl and Mayahuel, and they may have been brothers of Ixtlilton. They were destroyed in the myth of Huitzilopochtli's birth. One day his mother Coatlicue is sweeping the temple where she serves. When Coyolxáuhqui and the Centzon Totochtin hear about this, they are livid and decapitate Coatlicue. Just after Coatlicue (or just about when she gets decapitated) got decapitated, Huitzilopochtli leaps fully armed out of the womb. He cuts off Coyolxauhqui's head and throws her off the temple. The Centzon Totochtin try to escape, but Huitzilopochtli either rips out their heart, decapitates them, throws them off the temple, or stabs them. Copil's heart is thrown onto a island where Tenochtitlan was to be founded. Aztec priests used this myth to try to justify their ritual of human sacrifice.

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