Tired of blood-dripping deities, Mexico museum opens exhibition on nicer, 'artistic' Aztec god

August 7, 2015 8:49 PM

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Tired of blood-dripping deities, Mexico museum opens exhibition on nicer, 'artistic' Aztec god

A man bends down to take a picture of a giant symbolic sacrificial knife, part of a display of items offered to the Aztec god Xochipilli, at the Templo Mayor museum in Mexico City, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. The Aztecs usually sacrificed quails to Xochipilli, rather than still-beating human hearts. And he was worshipped at vast poetry and music festivals, rather than martial displays. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) (The Associated Press)

An image of the Aztec god Xochipilli, center, is part of a display of items used as offerings to the god, at the Templo Mayor museum in Mexico City, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. In the pantheon of Mexico's pre-Hispanic gods, most Aztec dieties are depicted as brutal, blood-thirsty gods, only appeased by hu...

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