Aztec spirit lives on in Mexico after 500 years

Aztec spirit lives on in Mexico after 500 years

Traditional healers and dancers resplendent in feather headdresses and body paint perform ancient rites in the heart of Mexico City, keeping the Aztec spirit alive five centuries after the Spanish conquest. On Friday, the Mexican authorities will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the “fall” of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan to the conquistadors and their indigenous allies. But Sergio Segura Octocayohua and others like him who strive to preserve Aztec culture plan their own celebrations the day before in honor of the “heroic defense” of the city. “Despite being distorted, our identity, philosophy and history live on,” Octocayohua said during a break from overseeing healing rituals in the heart of the capital’s historic district. “We no longer fight with weapons. Now we fight with
Traditional healers and dancers resplendent in feather headdresses and body paint perform ancient rites in the heart of Mexico City, keeping the Aztec spirit alive five centuries after the Spanish conquest. On Friday, the Mexican authorities will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the “fall” of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan to the conquistadors and their indigenous allies. But Sergio Segura Octocayohua and others like him who strive to preserve Aztec culture plan their own celebrations the day before in honor of the “heroic defense” of the city. “Despite being distorted, our identity, philosophy and history live on,” Octocayohua said during a break from overseeing healing rituals in the heart of the capital’s historic district. “We no longer fight with weapons. Now we fight with