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This page is about the Aztec underworld, for the rapper called Mictlan see Doomtree, for wrestler Mictlan see Mictlán (wrestler).

In Aztec mythology, Mictlan was the lowest (ninth) level of the underworld, located far to the north. Except for warriors who died in battle, people who died when hit by lightning and women who died in childbirth, people went to Mictlan after death. The journey was difficult and took four years, but the dead were aided by the psychopomp, Xolotl. The dead had to pass many challenges, such as crossing a mountain range where the mountains crashed into each other, a field with wind that blew flesh-scraping knives, and a river of blood with fearsome jaguars.

The king of Mictlan was Mictlantecuhtli. The queen was Mictecacihuatl. Other deities in Mictlan included Cihuacoatl (who commanded Mictlan spirits called Cihuateteo), Acolmiztli, Chalmecacihuilt, Chalmecatl and Acolnahuacatl.

Mictlan is an important plot point in the PC adventure game Grim Fandango. The protagonist, Manny Calavera, goes on the four-year journey, passing many challenges. Though most souls have to make the four year journey, the game features the "Number Nine" express train, which gets the most virtuous souls to Mictlan in four minutes instead of four years. Mictlan itself is never seen, however, and it's never referred to as Mictlan, but as the "Ninth Underworld".


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