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Figures from Aztec mythology have appeared many times in works of modern culture.

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Chalchiuhtlicue

  • Chalchiutlicue appeared in season 3 of Stargate SG-1, in an episode entitled "The Learning Curve," as a member of the human race from the planet Orban. [1]
  • Chalchiutlicue (along with other Aztec gods) is referenced in issue 8 of The Invisibles, as one of the characters battles a villain claiming to be Xipe Totec.
  • Skin care factory H20 Plus' plant in downtown Chicago is adorned with large panels that depict ancient figures like Chalchiutlicue, the Aztec goddess of water, and Ea, the Mesopotamian deity credited with creating humans from earth and water. [2]
  • The Unruly Woman: Gender and the Genres of Laughter. Chalchiutlicue is seen as a statue, the lady of water and the goddess of the sea. [3]
  • The Genesis Code. The character Vasquez pointed to a line of inscriptions resting on the Mayan symbol for the water goddess, Chalchiutlicue. [4]
  • The Mexican Treasury: The Writings of Dr. Francisco Hernández. Chalchiutlicue is referred to as the goddess of the sea, by a mother who bathes her young child because it was at the will of Chalchiutlicue. [5]
  • Voice of the Vanquished: The story of the Slave Marina and Hernan Cortez. Chihuallama bathed her entire body with wet hands, invoking the blessing of the goddess Chalchiutlicue. “Now this child is new-born and new formed born again with the blessings of the water goddess. Whoever might do this child mischief, go away, for she is under the protection of Chalchiutlicue, goddess who wears precious jewels.[6]
  • Carr, O’Keefe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own. Frida Kahlo paints a portrait of herself, in which she is wearing a blouse that is embroidered with a rectangular symbol: it is the Aztec glyph for water associated with the rain god Tlaloc and with Chalchiutlicue. [7]

Coatlicue

  • In the novel American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Shadow dreams of a museum filled with statues of gods and goddesses, and is profoundly disturbed by the statue of Coatlicue.
  • Coatlicue is Monster in My Pocket #16. She appears in the Oriental garden, stage 5 of the video game, rushing toward her opponent when unseen, slowly backing away when seen. The likeness is similar to the statue, but her heads are farther apart, and the hearts of her necklace have a valentine appearance.
  • In the video game Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Coatlicue is one of many multi-elemental summons in the game. She is referred to as the Goddess Bearing the Water of Life. Unusually, she is the only summon who does not have an attack, but rather heals the party and restores their HP after each round for several rounds after.
  • In the anime television series Zegapain, Coatlicue is a nickname of the mecha Santico.
  • Coatlicue does appear connected to the Virgin of Guadalupe in Chicano and Latin-American art since the 1960s. The idea is that both are powerful female figures, one which was the focus of ancient Mexican devotion, and the other a focus of veneration since the 16th century.
  • In the 1978 horror film Mardi Gras Massacre, the main antagonist claims to be an Aztec priest, and sacrifices prostitutes to the goddess Coatlicue.
  • In the 1991 Mexican film, In Necuepaliztli in Aztlan (Retorno a Aztlán), by Juan Mora Catlett, the Aztecs send tribute to Coatlicue to end a drought. She is portrayed by two actors, Socorro Ávelar and Soledad Ruíz, representing different aspects of the goddess.

Itzpapalotl

  • In Laurell K. Hamilton's novel, Obsidian Butterfly, of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, Itzpapalotl, or Obsidian Butterfly, is a vampire who thinks she is the goddess of that name, and she owns a nightclub named Obsidian Butterfly after herself.
  • Octavio Paz's prose poem "The Obsidian Butterfly" from the collection Aguila O Sol (literally Eagle or Sun, colloquially "heads or tails") is named after Itzpapalotl, and she is in the poem.

Quetzalcoatl

  • Quetzalcoatl is a Guardian Force in Final Fantasy VIII for the Playstation. When summoned he attacks with a thunderstorm. The name is spelled Quezacotl, due to the game's 9 character limit. In other Final Fantasy games since the summon has appeared again though different in appearance, with the name spelt correctly.
  • Believed creator of the Tavera Family.
  • Quetzalcoatl / Kukulcan is the main alien protagonist in the Star Trek Animated episode "How Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth" from the 1973 Filmation cartoon series.
  • In the DC Comics series Aztek, there is told an ancient legend that the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl fought the shadow god Tezcatlipoca. After the battle, Quetzalcoatl left the planet Earth and a warning that Tezcatlipoca would return to destroy the world. Whether or not this ancient battle ever occurred or the gods actually ever existed as true gods are unknown. Tezcatlipoca is eventually revealed in an issue of JLA to be Maggedon, a living computer and gokiller weapon of the New Gods. However, during the War of the Gods, a being that resembles and claims to be the Quetzalcoatl awoke by Ares' son Phobos. It is never corroborated if this is the same deity from the legends.
  • The 1982 film "Q" revolved around the resurrection of Quetzalcoatl by an Aztec cult.
  • In Jackie Chan Adventures episode "Aztec Rat Race", the Noble Rat (with the power of the Rat Talisman residing in it) reanimates a statue of Quetzalcoatl. Believing he is the actual god, he thinks Jade is the goddess Cihuacoatl and El Toro is Xolotl, god of the underworld.
  • Electronica band Posthuman included a bonus live recording of a track named Quetzacoatl on their 2001 debut album "The Uncertainty of the Monkey"
  • Quetzacoatl is featured in Legendary, a graphic novel based on a video game of the same name. Rather than a single entity, they are referred to as a species of feathered serpent that can breath fire. Apparently, numerous were attacking South America and Mexico City.
  • The couatl, a flying lizard-like creature depicted in the Warcraft series, is based partially off of the legends of the mythical Aztec god, Quetzalcoatl.
    • Also the blood god Hakkar is a feathered serpent, and the Drakkari primal serpent god Quetz'lun is also a feathered serpent.
  • Rock band Clutch references Quetzalcoatl on the song Oregon off of their 2003 album "Slow Hole To China: Rare And Unreleased".
  • The couatl is a mythological creature mentioned more than once in The Journeyman Project 3: The Legacy of Time on the El Dorado level.
  • Dungeons & Dragons; Quetzalcoatl is included as one of the Olman deities in the Mesoamerican styled cultures of such fantasy games as the Paizo Adventure Path Savage Tide, © 2006 Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
  • In the popular Playstation and Playstation2 JRPG series Shin Megami Tensei and it's spinoff Persona series, and Digital Devil Saga, Quetzalcoatl is a recurring character portrayed both as an enemy and as an ally.

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