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Mictlantecuhtli


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The Aztec god of death, who ruled in the restful and silent kingdom of the dead, mictlan. When the Emperor Montezuma Xocoyotzin received intelligence of impending disaster, the sorcerers' view of inextinguishable fires, comets, and strange birds, he sent emissaries to Mictlantecuhtli laden with sumptuous gifts—the skins of flayed men. He yearned for the peace of mictlan, since he was gripped by uncertainty and apprehensive over the rumours of Quetzalcoatl's return.

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