AZTEC DEATH WHISTLES
"The Sound of Death": The mysterious Aztec whistles are coming to the West!
When the time had come to attack an enemy group or to defend oneself, the use of this instrument gave the adversary the feeling that the number of Aztec fighters was much more important.
Shaped like a human skull, a lizard or a monkey face, the ancient Aztecs used the "death" whistles during fights. Their goal? Thanks to a particular internal structure, these devices, which exist in different sizes, "multiply" the number of soldiers, because the sound they produce resembles the cries of the combatants.
Therefore, when attacking an enemy group or defending it, making them sound would give the enemy the feeling that the number of Aztec fighters was much greater and would even stun the enemy.
Despite his age, at least 500 years old, interest in his study began in the late 20th century, following several discoveries of tombs where the body lay next to several of these devices. In fact, it was the engineer Roberto Velázquez Cabrera who, after exhaustive research on these instruments, coined the term "death whistles".
One of the archaeologists who discovered the burial site, and therefore one of the first people to hear the sound of these whistles after several centuries, described this sound as "the cry of death itself".
However, other theories indicate a ceremonial use of these pieces, to be used in human sacrifices with which good harvests were begged to the god of the wind, Ehecatl, to cause rain. Other experts prefer to attribute to them curative properties, used to achieve a state of "relaxation" when combined with a certain type of hallucinogenic drug.
And now these "Aztec death whistles" are coming to the West, more precisely to Spain, thanks to an exhibition at the ExpoLab of the Interactive Music Museum of Malaga (MIMMA) (available until April 12, 2020).
Rings that are thinner and more flush to the thumb are the best. The joint is the widest part, so it must be taken into account when measuring. Once you get the ring on the joint, it'll be safe.
If you look at your hand, you will see and feel that the index finger tends to have more flesh at its base. This means that any ring you order will fit quite well. We often suggest that you increase the size of your ring by +1, which will allow you to fold your finger.
Middle and ring finger
Beware of finger joints, especially if the finger is narrow at the base. When choosing rings for these fingers, remember that if it slides comfortably on the joint, it will be much too large for the base and will more than likely swing around the finger.
These fingers need extra attention because people tend to lose their rings all the time - especially when their hands are cold or wet, or when they enter and exit their pockets. The rule is to wear it as tight as possible while being able to bend your finger - if it is too tight, it is better to loosen it than to lose it.
Your fingers can shrink in summer and expand in winter.
The main reason your fingers expand and shrink is that your body reacts to changes in temperature in your environment. When you are in a cold environment, your body tries to keep your heart warm by tightening your blood vessels and reducing the blood flow to your skin. This process is called vasoconstriction. This is necessary because heat is lost from your skin to the environment, so your body tries to reduce the flow of blood to your extremities, especially to your fingers and toes. This shrinks your fingers and toes, so if you wear a ring on your finger, it will come off.
The opposite happens when it is hot outside. Your body tries to cool itself by dissipating heat through your skin, in a process we all know too well: sweating. As the outside temperature increases, your blood vessels dilate, so your blood flow increases and excess heat in your body can be released into the environment through your skin. This is called vasodilation. This dilation causes your fingers and toes to expand, so if you wear a ring, it will suddenly become much tighter.