Hear the cry of the eagle in the noble symbol of Mexican independence. There are few more powerful and noble symbols of masculinity and industriousness than the Mexican Eagle. Part of the Mexican coat of arms on the country’s national flag, the Mexican Eagle owes its origins to an ancient legend.
The ancestors of the Aztec people were a nomadic tribe.
They lived by hunting, foraging, and raiding; toward the end of their days of wandering, however, they were at the mercy of several well-established neighbors.
Legend has it that the Aztec chief was given a vision from one of the Aztec Gods, Huitzilopochtli. “Find an eagle, clutching a snake in its talons, perched upon a cactus plant,” said Huitzilopochtli. “There, you will build your city.”
When the Aztec people found just such a scene, so it is said, the plant in question was growing from the middle of a lake. Undeterred, the Aztecs built a great city over the surface of the lake itself, including great pyramids and massive temples to honor their Gods. The eagle remained a vital part of their culture, a symbol of courage and tenacity, and was immortalized in the armor worn by the fierce Eagle Warriors.
Today, the Mexican Eagle endures among the modern Aztec descendants. It represents tenacity, industry, bravery and ferocity, and is often worn proudly as a tattoo by men who seek to embody such qualities themselves.