Tzitzimitl Picture

(pronounced Zee Zee Meel)
a Tzitzimitl (plural Tzitzimimeh) is a race of female deities associated with the stars especially the stars that can be seen around the Sun during a solar eclipse. This was interpreted as the Tzitzimimeh attacking the Sun, which caused the belief that during a solar eclipse, the tzitzimime would descend to the earth and devour human beings. They were depicted as skeletal female figures with sharp claws on their hands and feet, eyes embedded in their arms and legs, wearing skirts...with a Snake...(I don't want to know where that snake is coming out of...) and decorated their headdresses and necklaces with the hands and hearts of mortals. The Tzitzimimeh were also feared during other ominous periods of the Aztec world, such as during the five unlucky days called Nemontemi which marked an unstable period of the year, and during the "New Fire ceremony" marking the beginning of a new calendar round - both were periods associated with the fear of change.

The Tzitzimimeh had a double role in Aztec religion: they were the protecters of the feminine and progenitor of mankind. They were also powerful and dangerous, especially in periods of cosmic instability.
The leader of the tzitzimimeh was the Goddess Itzpapalotl who was the ruler of Tamoanchan - the paradise where the Tzitzimimeh resided.

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