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Civatateos are Vampire or Witches like who used to attend Sabbaths at crossroads and were believed to attack young children and to mate with human men, giving birth to children born as vampires.


Civatateo originated in Mexico, where they are bound to the Aztec God Tezcatlipoca.

Main Belief

In Aztec mythology, the Civatateo are noblewomen who died during childbirth and, after returning to the land of the living, stalk travelers and haunted temples.

Civatateos are servants of the Aztec moon deities Tezcatlipoca and Tlazolteotl.

They can be prevented from attacking the living by placing food on shrines built at the crossroads.

Their favourite offering is a cake in the shape of a butterfly.


Civatateo are said to look:

  • shrivelled and pale
  • with faces are white, and their hands and arms are covered in ticit, (a type of white chalk)
  • with their tattered dresses decorated with crossbones.

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