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Tonantzin

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In Aztec mythology, Tonantzin was a lunar mother goddess. Like Tlaltecuhtli, she was sometimes depicted as a toad swallowing a stone knife.

In modern Mexico, the most important religous building (La Basílica de Guadalupe) is built where the Tonantzin pyramid once stood. Some anthropologists believe that "the virgin of Guadalupe" is a "Christianized" Tonantzin.

See also Cihuacoatl and Coatlicue for similar Mesoamerican goddesses who may be drawn from shared origins.

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