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

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

Mictecacihuatl is Goddess of

Death
Underworld

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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