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Pantheons | Mexico | Aztec | Wind Gods

(Aztec Deity)EHECATL

Also known as QUETZALCOATL-EHECATL
Pronunciation : eh-HEH-katl

Aztec God of winds and agriculture. The full of wind manifestation of Quetzalcoatl.

The Aztecs tried to make Ehecatl's face a solid representation of strong winds but didn't quite hit the mark. It looks more like a beak, or a monkey, possibly even a hoover, but it's definately red.

Ehecatl unselfishly blows-in Tlaloc's rain clouds to signal the end of the dry season, like he can't carry them himself, and his turbo breath set the newly created fifth sun and moon on their way across the sky. But his good deeds didn't stop there. He brought love to mankind too.

There was a Goddess known as Itzpapalotl, who was forever stealing the daylight and holding it hostage with the ransom payable in human sacrifice.

Arriving at Tamoanchan to have a word, Ehecuatl stumbled upon a certain mortal female called Mayahuel who, as it turns out, was the grand-daughter of the crazy sun-stealing Goddess. Hearts fluttered, little birds twittered around their heads and they moved to earth to share the love. A beautiful tree blossomed at the exact spot where they landed on earth, but it wasn't beautiful for long.

In the meantime, Itzpapalotl had arrived home to find her grand-daughter missing and the dark stars were summoned to search and destroy. The lovebirds had disguised themselves as two branches of said tree but it didn't fool the Tzitzimime who struck it with bolts of lightning and Mayahuel fell to the ground in several pieces.

The stricken wind God gathered up the bits, buried them and from Mayahuels rotting remains the first Maguey plant grew. Okay, its a sad story, but without the Maguay we wouldn't have Pulque!
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'EHECATL' - Aztec entry : 21st December 2007
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