Aztec Mythology

The bloodthirsty Gods of Ancient Mexico

TZITZIMITL

Aztec Alcohol Goddess

Also known as Tzizimitl

Sozzled Grandmother Demon from Space

She is an enigmatic evil old hag who guards the Goddess of Intoxication Mayahuel. No doubt her pension comes from shares in the Pulque industry.

As you might expect from an alcohol-related deity, the legends surrounding her are a little vague and woozy. According to legend, she originally lived among the stars with her demon children (called Tzitzimime). They spent most of their time staring maliciously down at the Earth and terrorizing pregnant ladies.

One day Tzitzimitl entered the land of the Gods. Some of the Tzitzimime followed her down and they all moved in with beautiful Goddess Mayahuel as live-in caretakers and security guards. How on earth did this happen? Did they lie on their resumes?

Following this, Ehecatl a Wind God, fell in love in Mayahuel. This caused all kinds of security issues involving the two lovers eloping to Earth and unexpectedly transforming into a giant tree.

Tzitzimitl did everything she could to stop all this bizarre activity, finally sending her Tzitzimime down to gnaw the branches of the tree into little pieces. But, as so often happens in mythology, the pieces of Mayahuel took root in the Earth and grew into a lovely agave (maguey) tree. This produced a wonderful harvest of Pulque sap and became the source of all the world’s tequila.

Meanwhile the Tzitzimime headed back up to the stars. They are still up there, staring down at us and biding their time until they can zoom down to cause mayhem with the alcohol supply again.

Tzitzimitl Facts and Figures

Name: Tzitzimitl
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Tzizimitl

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

In charge of: Alcohol
Area of expertise: Alcohol

Good/Evil Rating: OKAY, not bad
Popularity index: 760

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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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