Goddess Teteoinan  

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IN MEXICA CULTURE, "TETEOINAN" IS THE GODDESS OF THE EARTH; HER NAME MEANS "HEART OF THE EARTH." SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF COLHUACAN AND THE MOTHER OF THE GODS. SHE WAS ALSO CALLED "SOCI, 'OUR MOTHER",' AND ALSO BY ANOTHER NAME WHICH SIGNIFIED "'THE HEART OF THE EARTH.'" THIS LAST NAME WAS GIVEN TO HER BECAUSE SHE WAS BELIEVED TO BE THE CAUSE OF EARTHQUAKES. SHE PRESIDED OVER THE VEGETABLE AND ANIMAL WORLD

SHE WAS THE GODDESS OF HEALING AND PROPHET OF THE FUTURE, aND HER CHIEF TEMPLE AT TEPEYACAC WAS ONE OF THE MOST RENOWNED IN ANCIENT MEXICO. IN FACT, HER CHIEF TEMPLE WAS ON THE SPOT SELECTED BY THE EARLY MISSIONARIES FOR THE" 'LADY OF GUADALOUPE'" TO MAKE HER APPEARANCE, AND THE NATIVE SHRINE WAS RAZED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE TEMPLE OF THE IMPORTED CULT OF CHRISTIANITY.

AT THE FESTIVAL OF "TETEOINAN", THE WOMAN WHO REPRESENTED THIS GODDESS WAS BEHEADED ON THE SHOULDERS OF ANOTHER WOMAN. AT THE FESTIVAL OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE GODS, THEY PUT THE VICTIM TO DEATH BY FIRE.

" HAIL TO OUR MOTHER WHO MAKES THE YELLOW FLOWERS TO BLOOM--WHO SCATTERS THE SEEDS OF THE MAGUEY AS SHE COMES FROM THE LAND DIVINE!"
" HAIL TO OUR MOTHER WHO CASTS FORTH WHITE FLOWERS IN ABUNDANCE!"
" HAIL TO OUR MOTHER WHO SHINES IN THE THORN BUSH AS A BRIGHT BUTTER-FLY!"
" HO! SHE IS OUR MOTHER--THE WOMAN GOD OF THE EARTH. IN THE DESERT SHE FEEDS THE WILD BEASTS, AND GIVES THEM TO LIVE."
" THUS--THUS YOU SEE HER EVER ABUNDANT IN GIFTS TO ALL FLESH."
" AND AS YOU SEE THE GODDESS OF EARTH GIVE TO THE BEASTS, SO ALSO SHE IS GIVING TO THE GREEN HERBS AND THE FISHES."
" HAIL TO OUR MOTHER WHO CASTS FORTH YELLOW FLOWERS TO THE SUN FROM THE LAND DIVINE!"

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