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(Aztec Deity)YACATECUHTLI

Also known as YIACATECUHTLI, YACACOLIUHQUI

The God of commerce and merchants, and patron of the shifty Pochtecas clan of long distance travelling salesmen - the biggest slave traders in Mexico.

Some claim his name means lord of the big nose but i've seen his picture and his hooter isn't that long, and besides, given his position i would imagine it means more like a sharp nose for business. But that still isn't as snappy as his other alias - Lord of the Vanguard - which is a lot more noble and a lot less stupid.

Merchants would carry a utatl cane as they mooched from village to village peddling their wares, and at night-time would tie them all together into a nice neat bundle before sprinkling them with blood from their ears. Apparently this 'we love you' ritual in Yacatecuhtli's honor would guarantee great success in future business ventures, not to mention protection from viscous beasts and robbers on their long distance trips, but i don't suppose it did their ears much good.
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'Yacatecuhtli' - Aztec entry : 21st December 2007
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