The Sixth Sun
All fear Mictecacihuatl, lady of Mictlan, Queen of the dead.
Mictecacihuatl is a great skeleton, far larger then the bones of a man. Her bones are spattered in blood, and her teeth are those of a shark. She wears paper and owl feathers, and a necklace of human eyes.
It is said the Queen of the Dead Lands once kept the doors to Mictlan sealed, so that the dead and the living were two people and did not meet. Yet in a past sun Quetzalcoatl came to Mictlan and stole the bones of men, so that they might live again upon the earth. This race of man died with the fifth sun and the bones returned to Mictlan. Yet Itzpapalotl demanded them back when she became the sun.
Mictecacihuatl gave the bones to Itzpapalotl, but warned there was a terrible price. She took the bones and paid no mind.
For revenge, Mictecacihuatl tore off the doors to Mictlan, saying “If so many wish to claim my people, let them come.”
The other gods begged Mictecacihuatl to repair the doors, but she refused. Now the dead walk where they may in the living realms. So too may the living enter the Dead Lands, but rarely do they return.
Prayers are said to Mictecacihuatl for the dead, and for protection from the dead.