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The Tlaloques: assistants of Tlaloc, god of the Rain

          • They lived in the mountains. They were no gods. They were four, representing the four cardinal points. 
          • Tlaloc stored the water collected by the tlaloques on the hills and mountains.  
  • On Tlaloc's orders, they broke the jugs containing water, thus producing thunders and rain. For that, they used their rattlestaffs, symbols of strength and fertility. 
  • According to some interpretations, the four jugs carried by the four tlaloques contained respectively the rain, the frost, the drought and the disease. 
  • They were brothers of the goddess of corn.
  • Weather, mountains, nature, rain, sources, rivers and food were all linked in this mythological representation. 
  • Five of the eighteen months were dedicated to Tlaloc and his Tlaloques. Children were sacrificed to the god of rain and its helpers. The priests bathed in the Texcoco lake and used "fog bells" to favor the coming of the rain.
  • When northern tribes arrived to central Mexico, the cults of the sun and the starry night got Huitzilopochtli and Tezcatlipoca to the aztec pantheon. Quetzalcoatl was priest of Tlaloc.
  • The Tlaloque were believed to have the power to send both beneficent or disastrous rains and droughts to the land.
  • Next to Tlaloc stood Chalchiuhtlicue, the goddess of freshwater lakes and streams.