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Tlaloc, Aztec Exhibit, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City Tehuacan, Puebla (900-1521 AC)
Tlaloc was a member of the pantheon of gods in Aztec religion. As supreme god of the rain, Tlaloc was also a god of earthly fertility and of water. He was widely worshipped as a beneficent giver of life and sustenance. However, he was also feared for his ability to send hail, thunder, and lightning, and for being the lord of the powerful element of water. Tlaloc is also associated with caves, springs, and mountains, most specifically the sacred mountain in which he was believed to reside. His animal forms include herons and water-dwelling creatures such as amphibians, snails, and possibly sea creatures, particularly shellfish.