Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Tezcatlipoca

Tezcatlipoca is the god the night sky and is a son of Ometeotl. He has multiple epithets including Titlacauan ("We are his slaves"), Ilhuicahua Tlalrixpaque ("Possessor of the Sky and Earth"), Ome Acatl ("Two Reed"), Ipalnemoani ("He by whom we live"), Yohualli Eecatl ("Night Wind"), Tloque Nahuaque ("Lord of the Near and the Nigh") and Necoc Yaotl ("Enemy of Both Sides"). A mirror is also carried a mirror that gave of smoke and was used to kill enemies.

The festival Toxcatl was held in dedication to Tezcatlipoca, this featured a sacrifice of a man who had impersonating Tezcatlipoca for a year. He is the ruler of the day Acatl and rules over days with the number ten.

He is a god of creaion and is known as Ipalnemoani for this. His opposite is he god Quetzalcoatl, who the two created the world. It is due to this that Tezcatlipoca lost a foot using it as bait for a monster.

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