Sketch Tlaltecuhtli Picture
Tlaltecuhtli, "Earth Lord," was a female sea monster that lived in the ocean of the 4th Creation. Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca transformed themselves into snakes, and grabbing her by the left wrist and the right ankle, ripped her in half. The upper half sank back into the ocean, and became the firmament of the Earth, while the lower half was thrown up into the sky to become the vault of the Heavens. Tlaltecuhtli still lived on, continually nourished by the blood of sacrifices made to her by humanity.