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The top right corner of this image "shows how Tezcatlipoca tempted Cipactli the Earth Monster to the surface of the great waters by using his foot as bait. In swallowing his foot (s)he lost her lower jaw. Hideously crippled (s)he was unable to sink and thus the earth was created from her body."

The top right corner of this image "shows how Tezcatlipoca tempted Cipactli the Earth Monster to the surface of the great waters by using his foot as bait. In swallowing his foot (s)he lost her lower jaw. Hideously crippled (s)he was unable to sink and thus the earth was created from her body."

Codex Borgia (Codex Yoalli Ehēcatl). Folios from the Mayan...

Codex Borgia (Codex Yoalli Ehēcatl). Folios from the Mayan...

Codex Fejérváry-Mayer (Tezcatlipoca) Before the Spanish invasion of Central America, the area from Mexico all the way to Nicaragua was renowned as a land of codes, or books. Codex Fejérváry-Mayer is an important cultural artifact from the pre-Cortes destruction of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan. An Aztec Code from Central Mexico, it is one of very few manuscripts to survive the Spanish conquest.

Codex Fejérváry-Mayer (Tezcatlipoca) Before the Spanish invasion of Central America, the area from Mexico all the way to Nicaragua was renowned as a land of codes, or books. Codex Fejérváry-Mayer is an important cultural artifact from the pre-Cortes destruction of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan. An Aztec Code from Central Mexico, it is one of very few manuscripts to survive the Spanish conquest.

XOCHIPILLI ( "flower prince") | Aztec god of art, games, beauty, dance, flowers & song. As the patron of writing and painting, he was called Chicomexóchitl ("seven-flower"), but he could also be referred to as Macuilxóchitl ("five-flower"). His wife was the human girl Mayahuel, and his twin sister was Xochiquetzal.

XOCHIPILLI ( "flower prince") | Aztec god of art, games, beauty, dance, flowers & song. As the patron of writing and painting, he was called Chicomexóchitl ("seven-flower"), but he could also be referred to as Macuilxóchitl ("five-flower"). His wife was the human girl Mayahuel, and his twin sister was Xochiquetzal.

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