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The nuptial ritual of the Aztecs

Marriage, like all the rituals of the Aztecs, followed well-established rules. The appropriate age for a man to marry was at age 22, and for woman 17 or 18. Dads were the ones who arranged marriage. Dads of the groom asked the bride. The first attempt was always received with a negative response as a sign of great dignity. ; On the second attempt the answer was postponed until the response of the bride was known. With the consent received, the date of the wedding was set, when the day arrived, the bride was carried with great ostentation between music and joy to the house of the groom. Accompanied by his parents, the groom went to the door to receive his future wife with a censer in his hands and surrounded by people with torches held. After incessantly muttering, the groom took his bride by the hand and led her into the room where the wedding would take place. The couple placed on a quilted embroidered straw rug and approached the fire prepared in advance, then the essentials of the wedding began. The priest tied the couple's garments together and, as they held hands, walked 7 round the fire burning incense, raising emotional prayers to the Gods and making each other gifts.

After that, the banquet came; The husbands were feeding in their mouths sitting in the middle of the room. The guests stood in the distance. The guests could go dancing in the garden when the Aztecs' traditional drink, pulque, had made its delightful effect.

The husbands stayed in the room for 4 days devoted to penance, fasting and praying to the gods. The priests prepared the beds; The groom's was adorned with feathers and the bride's with a precious stone. The party ended with gifts for the guests. Perhaps such a beautiful rite could be a craving that seemed a unique experience in life, but among the Aztecs, especially in the noble class, polygamy was permitted.

In order to choose his queen, Netzahualpilli, who was the son and successor of Nezahualcoyotl, made all the noble maids from all regions come to him, among the maidens who attended was Chalchiuhnenetzin, daughter of Atxayacatl. The Aztec beauty did not take much to become the favorite of Nezahualcoyotl, king of Texcoco, but the beautiful maiden actually possessed a lustful heart and adored the forbidden pleasures. With a very light heart, she would go to bed with every man she wanted, and to hide her sins, she would send someone who secretly killed them. To remind them, he ordered them to be made effigies adorned with jewels and luxurious garments and put the malevolent trophies in his room. When his noble lover questioned her, Azteca of blue blood answered that they were effigies of family gods, when his multiple infidelities were discovered, Netzahualpilli, was forced to kill the evil queen, but the pain caused by his death Accompanied his whole life.

The famous poetess "Lady of Tula" was also a reason for tragedy for the poet Netzahualipilli, the first-born royal, who supposedly was mistress of a forbidden woman since it was concubine of the monarch. The poet Huexotzincatzin also wrote a satire in which he implied that Netzahualpilli required his love. As anyone who dared to destroy the monarch's honor deserved to die, the extremely distraught king had to execute the sentence against his own son Netzahualpilli.

The third tragedy suffered by the son of Netzahualcoyotl, it was the product of a bad union, this is related to the death penalty given to the crime of adultery. It also reveals sexual freedom among the ancient Mexicans. At a party in the palace, the foreman's wife named Tenantzin told the king the hidden love he felt for Netzahualpilli, who gladly accepted without knowing that she was married. Once the adultery that both committerion was perceived, he had to order the death for his impassioned friend, this time the stain touched to the own Netzahualpilli, since it had to die also, but his condition of monarch did not allow him to atone his guilt through death.

The widower complained to Netzahualpilli about his lack of decision and made his adultery public with some verses, and expressed his grief over the loss of his beloved whom he had forgiven for the error he committed, the widower did not ask for a claim of offense Committed by the monarch, only lamented the double penalty of being deceived and losing the woman he loved.