Tezcatlipoca ("smoking mirror") represents conflict and change in Aztec mythology. As his name suggests, he is often portrayed with a smoking obsidian mirror at the back of his head and with another replacing one of his feet. Tezcatlipoca is the offspring of the creator couple, who produced four sons: Red Tezcatlipoca, Black Tezcatlipoca, Qeutzalcoatl, and Huitzilopochtli … [Read more...]
American Demons: List of Demons in the Americas
In Native and Meso-American beliefs, "demons" tended to be supernatural deities capable of destruction as well as good. Often, these "evil" entities were the foes of gods/goddesses primarily worshiped or were personifications of acts of nature (e.g. hurricanes, winds, etc) that could wreck havoc on every day life. Read profiles of demons, tricksters and evil spirits within the various Native American, Aztec, Mayan and other Meso-American cultures below. Visit the Demon FAQ for more info on my philosophy behind the classifications.
In Aztec mythology, Mictlantecuhtli was the skeletal god of death who ruled over Mictlan, the underworld, with his wife, Mictlancihuatl. After the restoration of the sky and earth by Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl, the two gods decide to create people to inhabit the new world. In order to do this, Quetzalcoatl travels to the underworld to retrieve the human bones of the … [Read more...]
The Mayan god of storms or bad weather was Hurakan, so with all the bad weather in Florida this past month, I thought this 'demon' would be an appropriate Over a universe wrapped in the gloom of a dense and primeval night passed the god Hurakan, the mighty wind. He called out "earth," and the solid land appeared. The chief gods took counsel; they were Hurakan, … [Read more...]
Hun Came and Vucub Came (One Death and Seven Death) are the principle death gods of the Mayan underworld, Xibalba. According to the Popol Vuh, one day, the twins, Hun Hunahpu and Vucub Hunahpu, were playing ball with Hun Hunahpu's sons, Hun Batz and Hun Chouen. The ball court is on earth, but also led to the underworld. Hun Came and Vucub Came, the death gods, became … [Read more...]
In Iroquois mythology, Dagwanoenyent was the daughter of the Wind who often took the form of a whirlwind. The Seneca Tribe considered her a dangerous witch who could not be killed. In a tale about Dagwanoenyent, there is an uncle and nephew that live near Dagwanoenyent. Though the uncle forbids the nephew to visit her, he sneaks off frequently to visit Dagwanoenyent and … [Read more...]