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MICTLAMPA

(Mick-LAMP-ah)
Variations: Lord of the Mictlampa, The Takerof Life
Mictlampa ("The North Side") was a vampiric god to the ancient Aztec people. His body was the color of jet and he had a skull for a head; in art he is portrayed as pouring fire into a vessel of blood. He is the husband to MICTECACIUATL, and together they rule an underworld called Mictlan, which was thought to be to the north of Aztec lands. If an Aztec ever said that a person had "traveled north," it was to say that they had died.
Source: Aguilar-Moreno, Handbook to Life in the Aztec World, 138, 218; Brundage, Jade Steps, 189­90; Seler, Codex Fej?rv?ry-Mayer, 7, 21, 103, 147; Summers, Vampire: His Kith and Kin, 241, 314
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