|“||Ītzpāpālōtl is a warriror, whom some believe is sworn to avenge women. She sometimes appeared as a woman at the royal court ,and would seduce and devour mortal men.||„|
|— Carl Black|
Ītzpāpālōtl is a striking skeletal warrior goddess in Aztec mythology who ruled over the paradise world of Tamoanchan, the paradise of victims of infant mortality and the place identified as where humans were created.
She is particularly associated with the moth Rothschildia orizaba from the family Saturniidae. Some of her associations are birds and fire.
She primarily appears in the form of the Obsidian Butterfly.
Powers and Abilities
Itzpapalotl was originally one of the first humans on Earth, her name was Oxomoco. She was created by Quetzalcoatl alongside Cipactonal. Through unknown means, she eventually came to be known as the goddess Itzpapalotl.
Annales de Cuauhtitlan
Itzpapalotl was one of two divine 2-headed doe-deers (the other one being Chīmalmā) who temporarily transformed themselves into women in order to seduce men. Itzpapalotl approached the two cloud serpents named Xiuhnel and Mimich, who transformed themselves into men (so as to disguise themselves when all the others of the Centzonmīmixcōa had been slain). To Xiuhnel, Itzpapalotl said "Drink, Xiuhnel." Xiuhnel drank the blood and then immediately lay down with her. Suddenly she devoured him, tore open his breast. Then Mimich ran and descended into a thorny barrel cactus, fell into it, and the woman fell down after him. The cloud deities take the form of deer, the hearts of whom are eaten by Itzpapalotl.