Tlaltecuhtli ("tlah-tek-OOT-lee") is the Mexica Earth goddess.


At the beginning of the fifth world, the gods Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca were creating the heavens in the form of serpents. But they found the monstrous Tlaltecuhtli destroying everything and concluded that the new world couldn't prosper with such a hideous creature, so they decided to destroy her. Tlaltecuhtli sacrificed his foot to draw the goddess out, she lost her lower jaw preventing her from going underwater. This allowed him and Quetzalcoatl to grab each of her hands and feet and tear her apart, her upper half became the sky and her lower became the earth

The other gods, angry by this treatment, had her dismembered body become features of the new world. Her skin became grasses and small flowers, her hair the trees and herbs, her eyes the springs and wells, her nose the hills and valleys, her shoulders the mountains, and her mouth the caves and rivers. But even after all this, Tlaltecuhtli remained alive and demanded human blood as repayment for her sacrifice.[1]

Storm Runner Trilogy

The Fire Keeper

Worshipers of Tlaltecuhtli have been abducting godborns and taking them to Aztlán, the homeland of the Aztecs before they journeyed to central Mexico.


On the gold bracelets of her worshipers, Tlaltecuhtli was depicted as a creature with big googly eyes. Her lower jaw was missing, and it had a knife-like tongue. All over her upper body was gaping mouths filled with sharp teeth. Her clothing from the waist down was made of crossed bones and skulls.


  • Geokinesis: As the Mexica Goddess of the Earth, she has complete control and divine authority over the earth.


  • Tlaltecuhtli's name means the one who gives and devours life.[2]
  • Tlaltecuhtli is sometimes referred to as Cipactli, a legendary creature that is part crocodile, part fish, and part toad.[3] The name of Sipakna ("see-pahk-NAH"), the giant defeated by the hero twins, derives from Cipactli.[4]
  • A monolith of Tlaltecuhtli was discovered in 2006 at the ruins of Templo Mayor in Mexico City. The sculpture measured approximately 13.1 x 11.8 feet and weighed nearly twelve tons, making it one of the largest Aztec monoliths ever discovered.[5]
  • Some say there are actually four Mexica earth gods: Tlaltecuhtli, Coatlicue, Cihuacoatl and Tlazolteotl.
  • Her Greek/Roman counterparts are Gaea/Terra, ReadRiordan described both earth goddesses as destructive as they are creative.[6]
  • Her Egyptian counterpart is Geb.
  • Her Norse counterpart is Ymir.
  • Her Hindu counterpart is Prithvi.


  1. A Pocket Dictionary of Aztec and Mayan Gods and Goddesses by Clara Bezanilla
  2. The Fire Keeper, Glossary
  3. Myths and Legends: An Illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings by Philip Wilkinson
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