Itzpapalotl

June 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

“An Aztec deity, which normally takes the form of a butterfly. In this form, she is seen as a representative of the soul which all life forms share. She sometimes takes the form of a deer and is associated with agriculture. Her male counterpart is Itzlacoliohqui (‘Carved Obsidian Knife’) who represents matter in its lifeless state. With Tezcatlipoca who is responsible for the spark of life, these Aztec divinities form a trinity who guard the different states of life.”

~from The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures
(John & Caitlin Matthews)

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