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Aztec Copal Burner (Mictlantecuhtli God of Death)

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Aztec Copal Burner (Mictlantecuhtli God of Death)

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Mictlantecuhtli God of Death

In Aztec mythology, Mictlantecuhtli, the god of the dead was the king of Mictlan, the lowest and northernmost section of the underworld.

Mictlantecuhtli, means "Lord of Mictlan" in the native Nahuatl. He was one of the principal gods of the Aztecs.

The Aztec god of the dead was frequently depicted as a skeleton figure with raised arms displaying an aggressive gesture, showing that he was ready to tear apart the dead as they entered his presence. In Aztec codices Mictlantecuhtli is often depicted with his skeletal jaw open to receive the stars that descend into him during the daytime. He was often depicted wearing sandals as a symbol of the high rank as Lord of Mictlan.

The worship of Mictlantecuhtli sometimes involved ritual cannibalism, with human flesh being consumed.

The Aztecs considered skeletons as symbols of fertility, health and abundance. Their reasoning was the close symbolic links between death and life in the current fifth sun they inhabited.

Ruler of the Underworld

In Aztec mythology, the twin gods, Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca created the current world or “fifth sun”. In this epoch, Mictlantecuhtli and his wife inherited the underworld as their domain and ruled over all the dead.

According to Aztec legend, the god Quetzalcoatl was sent by the other gods to steal the bones of the previous generation of gods from Mictlantecuhtli. The god of the underworld sought to block Quetzalcoatl's escape with the bones and, although he failed, he forced Quetzalcoatl to drop the bones, which were scattered and broken.

With great hardship, the shattered bones were collected by Quetzalcoatl and carried back to the land of the living, where the gods transformed them into the various races of mortals that currently inhabit the current "fifth sun" world.

When an Aztec died, they were buried with "afterlife passage" goods, which they needed for the long and dangerous journey to the underworld. Upon arrival in Mictlan the goods were offered to Mictlantecuhtli and his wife as tribute and as a bribe in exchange for a peaceful passage.

Product Description

Museum Quality. Unique piece, only 1 available. Aztec Copal Burner (Mictlantecuhtli God of Death). Hand made in Mexico by decendants of the Aztec Empire from fired clay. 6" tall x 5.5" wide, weight = 2.5 lbs. This is an intricate hand made object, slight imperfections exist.

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