Lords of the Day

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In Aztec mythology the Lords of the Day (Classical Nahuatl: Tonalteuctin)[citation needed] are a set of thirteen gods that ruled over a particular day corresponding to one of the thirteen heavens.[citation needed] They were cyclical, so that same god recurred every thirteen days. In the Aztec calendar, the lords of the day are[1]

  1. Xiuhtecuhtli, god of fire and time.
  2. Tlaltecuhtli, god of the earth.
  3. Chalchiuhtlicue, goddess of water, lakes, rivers, seas, streams, horizontal waters, storms and baptism.
  4. Tonatiuh, god of the sun.
  5. Tlazolteotl, goddess of lust, carnality, sexual misdeeds.
  6. Mictlantecuhtli, god of the underworld.
  7. Centeotl, goddess[2] of maize. Also recognized as Chicomecoatl,[3] goddess of agriculture.
  8. Tlaloc, god of the thunder, rain and earthquakes.
  9. Quetzalcoatl, god of wisdom, life, knowledge, morning star, fertility, patron of the winds and the light, the lord of the West.
  10. Tezcatlipoca, god of providence, matter and the invisible, ruler of the night, Great Bear, impalpable, ubiquity and the twilight, the lord of the North.
  11. Mictecacihuatl, goddess of the underworld.
  12. Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, god of dawn.
  13. Citlalicue, goddess of the female stars (Milky Way).


  1. ^ Panorama Editorial, ed. (1998). Dioses Prehispánicos de México (in Spanish). México. pp. 140, 141. ISBN 968-38-0306-7.
  2. ^ Panorama Editorial, ed. (1998). Dioses Prehispánicos de México (in Spanish). Mexico. p. 131. ISBN 968-38-0306-7.
  3. ^ Cecilio Agustín Robelo (1905). Biblioteca Porrúa. Imprenta del Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Historia y Etnología, ed. Diccionario de Mitología Nahua (in Spanish). Mexico. p. 72. ISBN 978-9684327955.