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MICTLANTECUHTLI
Also known as MICTLANTECUHTZI

A picture showing the legend of MICTLANTECUHTLI taken from our Aztec mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Aztec Gods, Aztec Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Grinning God of the Underworld

He rules MICTLAN, the lowest level of the Aztec Underworld, and guards the bones of those who've passed on.

MICTLANTECUHTLI is extremely skeletal with bonus horror bits — particularly his exposed liver which dangles cheekily from his chest cavity. But do not be repulsed for the horror is tempered with FUN! Now here's a God that loves his work. He is depicted as a grinning maniac with large cheerful teeth and wide staring eyes. He almost looks like an over-the-top game show host.

And ratings for MICTLANTECUHTLI's Supreme Sacrifice Show were unbeatable. He was never short of contestants — and with such a genial host it's no wonder that victims were queuing up to be sacrificed. Death was considered a much better prize than some boring old million-dollar check.

With his bats, spiders and owls, MICTLANTECUHTLI offers all the creepy-crawly services you could possibly require for your Halloween parties.

His wife is MICTECACIHUATL, who's equally at home with the bones.

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Article last updated on 30 April 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT MICTLANTECUHTLI : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : MICTLANTECUHTLI
Location : Mexico
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : NOT OKAY, be careful
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : MICTLANTECUHTZI
Popularity index : 1822

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