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Literally means Earth lord

In Mythology

According to the Histoire du Mecihque, Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca tore apart Tlatecuhtli's body to form the surface of the Earth and out of her hair made the trees, and flowers and grasses, of her, of her eyes, wells and fountains and little caverns, of her nose valleys and mountains, and of her shoulders mountains. [1]

In Artwork

Tlaltecuhtli (with Tlazolli associations)

In artwork Tlaltecuhtli is associated both with death and life. At times she is depicted with disheveled hair containing such creatures from Mictlan as scorpions, spiders, and scorpions. These animals represent tlazolli (i.e., that which is rotten, used up, disintegrated, and decayed - in short, matter out of place)


  1. An Illustrated Dictionary of The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya by Mary Miller and Karl Taube. pages 167-168