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Mictecacihuatl: Mictecacihuatl, Goddess of Death in Aztec Religion, Mythology

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Mictecacihuatl: Goddess of Death in Aztec Religion, Mythology

Mictecacihuatl: Goddess of Death in Aztec Religion, Mythology

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Name and Etymology:


Mictecacihuatl
Mictlancihuatl
Lady of Mictlan

Religion and Culture of :


Aztec, Mesoamerica

Symbols, Iconography, and Art of :


Aztecs depicted Mictecacihuatl with a skull face, a skirt made from serpents, and sagging breasts.

Mictecacihuatl is Goddess of:


Death
Underworld

Equivalents in Other Cultures:


unknown — please email me if you have any information to add about this.

Story and Origin of Mictecacihuatl:


The basic job which Mictecacihuatl has is to watch over the bones of the dead. Because of the bones of the dead from past worlds were used to create the first humans of this world, it's possible the bones of people form this world will at some point be needed to create the people in some future world. This is why they would have to be carefully guarded — but, like the bones from past worlds, they will probably have to be stolen in order to be used.

Family Tree and Relationships of Mictecacihuatl:


Wife of Mictecacihuatl

Temples, Worship and Rituals of Mictecacihuatl:


The Aztecs believed that Mictecacihuatl presided over their festivals in honor of the dead. Those celebrations evolved with the incorporation of Christianity and are now represented in the Day of the Dead.

Mythology and Legends of Mictecacihuatl:


Mictecacihuatl is also sometimes called the Lady of the Dead because, in some legends, she is depicted as having died in childbirth.

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