Sangra Azteca
Aztec blood, Sacred heart, hearts and blood sacrificed.

Giclee on Watercolor

Sailing across seas of blood, from Spain, Cortes conquers the Aztecs in 1519, bringing them the word of God ( gold, just add the L or El !)

The Aztec tradition of the Little Feast of the Dead, honoring dead children and the Great Feast of the Dead, honoring dead adults, in the ninth and tenth month, respectively, was incorporated into the Christian All Souls and All Saints Day, which is now known as "Dia de los Muertos" or Day of the Dead.

Franciscan friars were charged with the spiritual conversion of the Aztecs. They burned pagan icons destroyed shrines and imprisoned Aztec priests.

In this painting we see the dead children in the afterlife riding in coffin cars through a surreal and symbolic version of history, as they approach Mexico's ultimate spiritual destiny in the form of the catholic church, with it's stained glass doors depicting the Day of the Dead sugar skull inviting them in, but within the dogma will burn all pagan thought from their minds.

Ironically we see a strange similarity between the disembodied heart of Aztec sacrifice and the Catholic Sacred heart dripping with blood "it's a small world after all"

By: Pooch (Michael Pucciarelli)
Medium: Giclee
Dimensions: 18 x 24

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