Gender Masculine

Meaning & History

Means "smoking mirror" in Nahuatl, derived from tezcatl "mirror" and pōctli "smoke" [1]. In Aztec and other Mesoamerican mythology he was one of the chief gods, associated with the night sky, winds, war, and the north. Like his rival Quetzalcoatl, he was a creator god.


Sources & References

  1. Nahuatl Dictionary, available from https://nahuatl.uoregon.edu/.
Entry updated April 5, 2022