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Ancient Aztec statue of Mictlantecuhtli (Aztec god of the dead)

The famous Aztec statue of Xochipilli, the god of art, beauty, and games, in a trance and moaning under the influence of the psychotropic flowers that ornament his body.

Teotihuacan - Seigneur de l'au-delà

Xochipilli was the god of art, games, beauty, dance, flowers, and song in Aztec mythology.

In Aztec mythology, Mictecacihuatl is Queen of Mictlan, the underworld. Her role is to keep watch over the bones of the dead. She presided over the ancient festivals of the dead, which evolved from Aztec traditions into the modern Day of the Dead after synthesis with Spanish cultural traditions. She is said now to preside over the contemporary festival as well. Mictecacihuatl was represented with a defleshed body and with jaw agape to swallow the stars during the day.

Pendant with the Name of King Osorkon II: the God Osiris's Family Third Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, reign of Osorkon II (874-850 BC)

Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec Lord of the Dead

A giant Olmec head discovered in 1946, San Lorenzo, Mexico. Photograph by Richard Hewitt Stewart, National Geographic.