Opochtli (the left-handed) In Aztec mythology, god of fishing and bird snaring, who invented the fishing rod and harpoon. Opochtli was portrayed as a naked man painted black, his head decked with plumes from wild birds and a coronet in the shape of a rose. He was portrayed surrounded by green paper and wore white sandals. In his left hand he held a red shield, and a white flower of four petals was placed crosswise on it. In his right hand he held a cup.



Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow – Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante

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