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.
Mictlantecuhtli Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Mictlantecuhtzi
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: the Underworld
Area of expertise: Underworld
Good/Evil Rating: NOT OKAY, be careful
Popularity index: 1594
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Article last revised on August 10, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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