The Aztecs had their own version of what we think as the modern day vampire. The Aztecs believed in a cihuateteo and they also believed in a goddess named, Cihuacoatl. So we're going to explore these two supernatural deities.
A cihuateteo according to "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vampires," is a woman who has died in childbirth and comes back to life. She returns from the grave and preys on young children and seduces the young men in the village. They were known to cause madness, drink the blood and take the energy of their victims, and like every good vampire-like creature they died by sunlight. Add some witchery in there, because they were known to practice scorcercy. Some of their legends depict them with skeletal faces and that they haunted the crossroads. They were also associated with the goddess Cihuacoatl, who will be explained next.
The Aztecs believed Cihauacoatl was the goddess of fertility and that they would use human sacrifices to honor her name. Some called her the blood-drinking goddess because of how the Aztecs honored. It's interesting on how she is known for both life and death. She is represented as a woman with a fierce face and dressed in a warrior outfit of a sword, spears, and a shield. She was the reason why cihauteteos were running around the earth and creating havoc. She was also known as the snake woman.
She was a big part of their mythology, she helped create the human race with another god, Quetzalcoatl. She was also the protector of the city, Culhuacan.
So that's a look at the Aztecs and two myths that are very similar to Vampire and other supernatural folklore that has been around for centuries. Everyone has their version of ghosts, vampires, and witches!
"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vampires" by Jay Stevenson, Ph.D.