Aztec female DEMON and patroness of witches. The name Itzpapalotl means “obsidian knife butterfly.” She can wear a magic cloak that turns her into a butterfly. Sometimes she appears in a more demonic form, as a female with large butterfly wings edged with obsidian knives, a skull head covered in thick white makeup, a knife for a tongue, fingers with jaguar claws, and toes with eagle claws.
   Itzpapalotl once resided in heaven but fell along with the TZITZIMIME. As a demon, she took over the ruling of witches and presides over 13 unlucky signs of the calendar. On those days, she takes a horde of dead witches, who have shape shifted into butterflies and flies, through towns and forests, shrieking and screaming. In order to appease her and her horde, people sacrifice deer.

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