Godflesh - An Aztec point of view

English post metal band from Birmingham that had a significant effect on the development of the industrial metal genre.

What band name Godflesh means - Aztec rituals - Peyote and mushroomsWith their name the band refers to the gods' food of the Aztecs, peyote (Lophophora williamsii), a stimulant that was chosen by the ancient Central Americans over less powerful plants such as teonanacatl and ololiuqui.

Peyote was awarded the title God's Flesh. When the religiously inspired Spaniards began with the conquest of Mexico in 1519, they discovered that the Indians not only worshipped other gods than they did (such as Quetzalcoatl and Huitzilopochtli), but also held different opinions about 'God's body'.

The Spanish priests who accompanied the explorers and conquerors therefore classified peyote as 'raiz diabolica' ('devils root') and they ruthlessly persecuted anyone who cultivated or used it.

There is something uncomfortably familiar about this ...

Active: 1988-2002; 2010-present, GBR
Site: http://www.godflesh.com/

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