An eagle devours a bird while perched on a flowering cactus. The cactus grows from a rock in the middle of a lake. Footsteps of the Mexicans are shown approaching the base of the cactus.
The offering of the victim’s heart to the gods satisfied the Aztec belief that the sun would rise again nourished by the hearts of men. The “Flowery Wars” or xochiyaoyotl were conducted to acquire the offerings needed for the gods.