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The Lord of the Earth
"The Lord of the Earth." According to myth, Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca created the earth from a being that lived on the primordial waters, and whose joints bore eyes and mouths that snapped like savage beasts. This being was squeezed so much by both gods that it broke apart. Thus was born the "Lord and Lady of the Earth," whose mission was to receive individuals before their journey to Mictlan. He kept human remains on his chest and he was associated with all types of low-lying animals, insects and bones. Image from the Codex Borbonicus.
Last Modified: January 14, 1998.
Museo del Templo Mayor, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e História, México.
Seminario #8, Centro Histórico. Cuauhtémoc, México, D.F. 06060
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