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Pronunciation : tess-kah-tlee POH-kah

(Aztec Deity) TEZCATLIPOCA

Also known as OMACATL, TEZCALIPOCA, TITLACAUAN
Tonalli (Day sign) : Acatl (Reed)
Trecena : --
Attributes : Smoking obsidian mirror
Festivals : Toxcatl

Aztec creator God, ruler of nightime and death, giver and taker of fortunes and instigator of discord.

Using himself as live bait to capture Cipactli may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but the fact he now has a smoking obsidian mirror where his foot used to be makes me think it wasn't the safest bet. Still, the dead earth monster gave up tons of raw materials which came in handy for creating the first world and thanks to his unorthodox orthopedic limb he can now see all and influence even more.

Tezcatlipoca suffers from epic mood swings and although he can be appeased and generous he is always looking for a reason to wreak havoc. Happiest when leading the righteous down the dark path to temptation he is particularly proud of the time he got the mortal King of Tula (aka Quetzalcoatl) so drunk he found his own sister irresistable and resigned his post out of shame.

Tezcatlipoca was the original sun God and there's more than a little heated rivalry with his brother Quetzalcoatl who knocked him right out of the sky. They weren't exactly close.

The rain God didn't like him much either, most probably because he kidknapped Xochiquetzal and forced her to marry him even though Tlaloc was her husband at the time. If Tez' wants it, Tez' takes it.
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'Tezcatlipoca' - Aztec entry : 21st December 2007
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