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Aztec Deities

Chalchiutlicue

Goddess of water from spring and seas, also associated with earth, salt and maize. The consort of Tlaloc.

Ehecatl

God of the wind, road sweeper of the rain gods, he is one of Quetzalcoatl’s many manifestations

Huitzilopochtli

A deified earthly leader from the Aztec days of wandering, this patron of Teneochtitlan was the god of war.

Tlaloc

He who “showered down the rain” appears in multiple form. He also relished the sacrifice of children.

Tonatiuh

Sun God and patron of warriors, the “eagle that soars” rewarded those who died in his service with eternal joyful life.

Xipe Totec

Carrying a shield embedded with gold, this patron of smiths and god of spring and renewal wears the skin of sacrificial victims.

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