Aztec Mythology

The bloodthirsty Gods of Ancient Mexico


Aztec Dead Spirits

Also known as Cihuateto

Picture of the Aztec Dead Spirits Cihuateteo from our Aztec mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

The souls of women who died in childbirth

Five female spirit sisters of the Macuiltonaleque.

Unlike the Civatateo, they were accorded the same honor as men who die in battle.

They come to take warriors and women to heaven, so don’t be too scared of the skull heads and clawed feet.

Actually they don’t take you there straight away. You have to go to Underworld East first. We imagine there are passports to be stamped and death certificates to be checked.

Cihuateteo Facts and Figures

Name: Cihuateteo
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Cihuateto

Gender: Female
Type: Spirits
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Dead
Area of expertise: The Dead

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Article last revised on August 09, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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