Aztec Mythology

The bloodthirsty Gods of Ancient Mexico


Aztec Moon God

Also known as Tecuciztecal, Tecuciztecatl

Picture of the Aztec Moon God Tecciztecatl from our Aztec mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Slimy and shiny God of the Moon

Now the God of the Moon but he started off as a lowly God of Snails and Worms.

Hoping to improve his slimy status, he volunteered to jump into the sacrificial flames to become the sun. But he lost his nerve at the last minute and Nanautzin beat him to it.

Ashamed, he leapt after her, but most of the fire had turned to ash. An eagle swooped down and carried them both to the sky. The sunny Nanautzin shone resplendent, but cowardly Tecciztecatl made a very feeble moon. The Gods jeered and threw a rabbit at him.

Although he changed his name to Metzli to avoid embarrassment, he still bears the bruises to this day. Go take a look. Join the dots — or in this case craters — and see if you can spot the rabbit outline.

Tecciztecatl Facts and Figures

Name: Tecciztecatl
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Tecuciztecal, Tecuciztecatl

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Moon
Area of expertise: Moon

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Article last revised on April 09, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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