Other Religions Atheism and Agnosticism Macuilxochitl: Macuilxochitl, God of Gambling in Aztec Religion, Mythology Share Flipboard Email Print Xochipilli, Macuilxochitl: God of Gambling in Aztec Religion, Mythology. Image Source: Jupiter Images Other Religions Belief Systems Atheism and Agnosticism Logic Ethics Key Figures in Atheism Evolution Atheism Myths and Misconceptions By Austin Cline Atheism Expert M.A., Princeton University B.A., University of Pennsylvania Austin Cline, a former regional director for the Council for Secular Humanism, writes and lectures extensively about atheism and agnosticism. our editorial process Austin Cline Updated March 15, 2017 Name and Etymology: Macuilxochitl, "Five Flower"Xochipilli, "Flower Prince"Ahuiateotl Religion and Culture of Macuilxochitl: Aztec, Mesoamerica Symbols, Iconography, and Art of Macuilxochitl: Aztec art often depicts Macuilxochitl with red skin, as having a human hand over his mouth, and carrying a sharp stick penetrating a human heart. Macuilxochitl is God of: GamblingGamesFeastsTabac smokersMusic and DanceSacred ball game NahuatlPalace ResidentsVoluptuousnessChief of the Ahuiateteo (gods of excess)WritingPaintingHemorrhoidsFlowersSouls Equivalents in Other Cultures: unknown please email me if you have any information to add about this. Story and Origin of Macuilxochitl: Although generally portrayed as encouraging fun and dancing, Xochipilli could also send boils, hemorrhoids, and venereal disease to anyone who violates fasts by engaging in sexual intercourse. There were limits, it seems, to the times and places for when fun was appropriate. Family Tree and Relationships of Macuilxochitl: Associated with CinteotlHusband of MayahuelBrother of Ixtlilton, MacuilxochitlBrother of Xochiquetzal, "Feathered Flower," goddess of flowering Temples, Worship and Rituals of Macuilxochitl: Aztecs worshipped Xochipilli at the festival of Tecuilhuitontli, which occurred during the growing season. An impersonator of Xochipilli would be sacrificed during this festival then his flayed skin worn by a priest. Mythology and Legends of Macuilxochitl: unknown please email me if you have any information to add about this.