Hummingbird at the Fuchsia

You’re so much a New World bird!

Humming at audible high frequencies, your wings

allow you to hover, even fly backwards.

The highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal.

What Aztec warrior returned to my garden?

 

Huitzilopochtli
Huitzilopochtli, the principal Aztec in hummingbird headgear

Aztecs wore hummingbird talismans, sometimes made from parts of real hummingbirds, as emblems of energy and sexual power. Their sharp beaks were seen as instruments of weaponry, bloodletting, penetration, and intimacy. The Aztec god of war Huitzilopochtli is often depicted as a hummingbird. I find it odd, considering their delicacy, that it was believed that fallen warriors would return to earth as hummingbirds or butterflies.

hummingbird

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