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