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In Aztec mythology, Mixcoatl (Cloud Serpent) was a god of the hunt, the north star and war. He (as another form of Tezcatlipoca) invented fire using the heavens, revolving around their axes, as a drill.


His mother was Cihuacoatl. By Xochiquetzal, he was the father of Quetzalcoatl. By Coatlicue, he was the father of Huitzilopochtli.


There was also a legendary Chichimeca leader during the Toltec period named Mixcoatl who, with Chimalman, gave birth to Topiltzin Ce Acatl Quetzalcoatl. The story of his life mirrors closely the story of his divine counterpart (they both slay the goddess Itzpapalotl and give birth to a Quetzalcoatl, for instance) and one may well have been the inspiration for the other.


His name means "Cloud Serpent", referring to the Milky Way with which he is identified.


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Mixcoatl (227 words)
Mixcoatl was a deity of the Aztecs and of a number of other Native American peoples in central Mexico.
Scholars of mythology have identified Mixcoatl as a hunting god of the Otomi, Chichimec, and Toltec people and their descendants.
Mixcoatl's name, which means "cloud serpent," came from his ability to change shape and take the form of clouds moving across the sky.
Mixcoatl (66 words)
In Aztec mythology, Mixcoatl (Cloud Serpant) was a god of the hunt, the north star and war.
He (as another form of Tezcatlipoca) invented fire using the heavens, revolving around their axes, as a drill.
His name means "Cloud Serpant", referring to the Milky Way with which he is identified.
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