General Aztecs Maya Tocuaro Kids Contact 23 Nov 2017/8 Flint
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Beetle image (Florentine Codex)

Superstitious? You bet...

Meet the brave warrior beetle called ‘I Shame Someone’

"On meeting with a pinauiztli beetle people believed that something shameful would afflict them, that perhaps they might even perish as a result. If it entered someone’s house, it was a sign that sickness would come or, again, that they would meet with some evil that would shame them. In order to ascertain the outcome, they would draw a cross on the ground representing the cardinal directions, and place the beetle at the centre. If it moved off to the north —the direction of the Realm of the Dead, Mictlan— then they knew they would die. If it did otherwise, they understood that the consequences of its appearance would be less severe..."

Part of Dr. Eleanor Wake’s reply to a pupil’s question on deadly creepy-crawlies in Aztec times:- follow the link below to find out more!

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