Tezcatlipoca

Central American - An Aztec sun-god, giver of life and god of the smoking mirror. Son of Ometeotl and Ometecuhtli. Son of Tonacatechtli and Tonacacihuatl, some say. Brother of Camaxtli, Huitzilopochtl and Quetzalcoatl, some say. Consort of Tlazolteotl. He was the father of 400 sons and the stars of the Milky Way, and was the opponent of Quetzalcoatl. His left foot was replaced by a mirror when it was bitten off by the monster, Cipactli. He tore off the jaw of this monster crocodile and used it to make the earth. The mirror enabled him to foretell the future. Some accounts say that he lost his foot when it became trapped in the door of the underworld. He appeared in four aspects, referred to as Blue Tezcatlipoca when he was Tlaloc, guardian of the south; Red Tezcatlipoca when he was Xipetotec, guardian of the east; and Quetzalcoatl, guardian of the west. The north (black) region he kept for himself as Titlacuhan. As a warriorgod, he was Huitzilopochtli and, in some stories, was turned into a tiger by Quetzalcoatl who knocked him out of the heavens. He fell in love with Xochiquetzal, wife of Tlaloc, and abducted her. His story is one of continual conflict with Quetzalcoatl, representing the eternal struggle between good and evil. In some versions, he died every year and was restored when a human heart, torn from a living man, was offered in sacrifice. In the Aztec creation stories, he was the ruler of the First Sun, ruling for 676 years until he was killed by Quetzalcoatl who ruled during the period of the Second Sun. When he was killed, he became a jaguar. He is usually depicted with a dart and spear-thrower in his right hand and a shield and a spare dart in his left hand, but sometimes appeared in the form of a turkey. Sometimes called Tezcatlipoca, Camaxtli, Camaxtli, Mixcoatl-Camaxtli, Yoamaxtli, Chac, Chac, Chaac, Xib Chac, Ah Hoya, Ah Tzenul, Balon Zacab, Hopop Caan, Aztec Tlaloc, Mixtec Tzahui, Totonac Tajin, Zapotec Cojico, B, Cocijo, Cocijo, Tzahui, Mayan Chac, Fiery Mirror, Fiery Mirror, Moyocoatzin, Moyocoatzin, Moyocoyan, Moyocoyan, Onachihuitonatiuh, Onachihuitonatiuh, Smoking Mirror, Smoking Mirror, Teimatini, Teimatini, Tescatlipoca, Tescatlipoca, Texcatzoncatl, Texcatzoncatl, Tezcatepuca, Tezcatepuca, Tlamatzsincatl, Tlamatzsincatl, Chalchihuitotolin, Chalchihuitotolin, Chalchiutotolin, Huitzilopochtli, Huitzilopochtli, Huichilobos, Huizilpochtli, Hummingbird of the South, Quetzalcoatl , Uitzilopochtli, Xochipilli, Blue Tezcatlipoca, Humming-bird of the South, Mexitli, Vitzilopochtli, Toltec Quetzalcoatl, Huitziton, Itzlacoliuhque, Itzlacoliuhque, Itzlacoliohqui, Itzli, Moneneque, Moneneque, Claimer of Prayer, Monenequi, Nezahuapilli, Nezahuapilli, Omacatl, Omacatl, Acatl, Two Reeds, Acatl, Quetzalcoatl, Quetzalcoatl, Ce Acatl, Feathered Serpent, Feathered Staff, Green-feathered Serpent, Telpochtli, Telpochtli, Youthful Warrior, Tepeyollotl, Tepeyollotl, Tepeolotlec, Votan, Titlac(ah)uan, Titlac(ah)uan, Tlaloc, Tlaloc, Quiyauhtonatiuh, Tlaloctecuhtli, Mayan (Xib) Chac, Zapotec Cocijo, Tonatiuh, Tonatiuh, Piltzintecuhtli, Pil(t)zintecuhtli, Young Prince, Tree of Mirrors, Tree of Mirrors, Xipetotec, Xipetotec, Xipe, Xipe Totec, Red Tezcatlipoca, Xipe (Totec), Yaotl, Yaotl, Yoalli Ehecatl, Yoalli Ehecatl, Yaotlinecoc, Yaotlinecoc, Yaotzin, Yaotzin, Totanac Tajin, Totanac Tajin, Moquequelsa, Moquequelsa, Pantecatle, Pantecatle, Tequiua, Tequiua, Teyocoyani, Teyocoyani, Touyo, Touyo, Toueyo or Toveyo.

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