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The Aztecs of Central Mexico venerated four reptilian/amphibian dwarfs known as Tlaloques, or Rain Dwarves. They were subservient to the ancient rain deity Tlaloc. Both are described as having reptilian/amphibian like qualities. A Mexican cryptid encounter in 1965 reported a creature that closely resembled the god.

Rain Dwarves of Mexican Mythology[]

Tlaloques, or Rain Dwarves, lived in the mountains. They were not gods. They were four, representing the four cardinal points.

Tlaloc stored the water collected by the tlaloques on the hills and mountains. On Tlaloc's orders, they broke the jugs containing water, thus producing thunders and rain. For that, they used their rattlestaffs, symbols of strength and fertility.

According to some interpretations, the four jugs carried by the four tlaloques contained respectively the rain, the frost, the drought and the disease.

They can be compared to the Mountain Goblins of Japanese folklore.

Description[]

Tlaloc is usually depicted with a human body showing reptilian or amphibian scales, flippers and with a non-human head evincing fangs and a long, pendulous nose. Like many other Mayan deities, the representation of Tlaloc is that of a human being with animal features. In the case of Tlaloc, these features include reptilian or amphibian attributes such as scales, a long, curly nose, and a protruding lower lip. Chaac, Tlaloc's Mayan counterpart, was one of the oldest Mayan deities. As he was believed to have been helped by four dwarfs, children were this deity’s preferred offering.

Sightings 1965, Mexico[]

On February 12, 1965, while slingshot hunting adjacent to the Santiago River, a 19 year-old by the name of Francisco Estrada Acosta had a face-to-face encounter with an entity that resembled the Mayan deity. According to Luis Ramirez Reyes, author of “Contacto: México: Historia del Fenómeno OVNIA,” and Rubén Manrique, the ufologist who first broke the case, teenage Acosta was hunting for small game in a mining area situated in the colony of Morales, which is located in the municipality of San Luis Potosi, when he was suddenly confronted by an amphibian like creature.

“[IT WAS] A TALL FIGURE WITH A LARGE OVAL-SHAPED HEAD, HUGE, REDDISH, PHOSPHORESCENT EYES AND A LARGE TOAD-LIKE MOUTH.”

The flabbergasted Acosta could only stare in what one must assume was abject terror as the bizarre being extended its “flipper-like hand” towards him; touching his hand. The youthful hunter would later recall the sensation of the thing’s flesh as being “cold and scaly,” not unlike that of a reptile. The creature then flew away to the heavens.

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