Aztec Remains

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Aztec Remains


Location: Colhuacatonco, Mexico City
Date: 16th century
Discovered by: María de la Luz Escobedo of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History


Those who were not cremated, were wrapped and buried in the fetal position to mirror the position of birth and symbolize the return to nature. They were buried within the Earth around temples or houses to feed the goddess of the Earth, Coatlicue. The family members would create figurines to represent the deceased, which were to be burned during a ceremony, and complete the mourning ritual. However, the family would continue with these offerings for an extended time.



“Aztec Remains,” The Aztec Ritual of Death , accessed September 28, 2023,