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Itzpapalotl by Scaley-Randy Itzpapalotl by Scaley-Randy
A commission by :iconawfulowafalo: featuring his interpretation of Itzpapalotl.

Itzpapalotl (whose name translates to "Obsidian Butterfly") is an Aztec goddess who ruled over Tamoanchan, the paradise for victims of infant mortality as well as the place where humanity was created. She is also the queen of the Tzitzimimeh, deities who were associated with fertility and were said to descend upon the Earth during solar eclipses and devour humans.
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OnlyClock Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016
Note that a common thought among Aztecs was that butterflies were the young of bats, much the same way early Greek philosophers thought worms were snake young. The idea of a totally black ( as bats usually appear to be in twilight ) butterfly was an idea trying to bridge the gap.
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Scaley-Randy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Student Writer
Huh, that's a very interesting fact :)
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