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I am continuing my series of Aztec deities after visiting the exhibition of Aztec treasures from Mexico.

Tlaloc (Tlá-loch) was the Aztec rain god and one of the most ancient and widespread deities of all Mesoamerica. Tlaloc was thought to live on the top of the mountains, especially the ones always covered by clouds; and from there he sent the vivifying rains. The rain god was a pan-Mesoamerican god, whose origins can be traced back to Teotihuacan and the Olmec. The rain god was called Chaac by the ancient Maya and Cocijo by the Zapotec of Oaxaca.

Tlaloc ensured that the life-sustaining rains came to water the crops and gardens. Here he is painted in watery blue, his wide eyes stare from the resin burner once carried by priests who pleaded for rain. To ensure that generous rain did fall they offered human sacrifice, including children whose tears sustained and pleased the god.

In the glass reflection you can see his cute wife about whom I shall write for my next post.

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  • Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2980 W: 103 N: 5130] (23104)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-07-24
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Exposure: f/3.2, 1/20 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-08-11 3:58
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