The Nahuatl name Itztlacoliuhqui is usually translated into English as "Curved Obsidian Blade". J. Richard Andrews contends that this is a mistranslation, and that the correct interpretation is "Everything Has Become Bent by Means of Coldness", or "Plant-Killer-Frost".
The creation of this god appeared in the Aztec myth of creation. Tonatiuh, the sun god demanded obedience and sacrifice from the other gods before he will move. Enraged at his arrogance, the god of dawn, Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli shoots an arrow at the sun. However, the dart misses its mark, and the sun throws his own back at the morning star, piercing the lord of dawn. through the head. At this moment, the Lord of the Dawn is transformed into the god of stone and coldness, Itztlacoliuhqui.
- Andrews 2003, pp. 599–600.
- Andrews, J. Richard (2003). Introduction to Classical Nahuatl (Revised Edition ed.). Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
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