Aztec Goddess Chicomecoatl  

Posted by Stella Clark

Aztec Goddess Chicomecoatl Image
"CHICOMECOATL "WAS THE AZTEC GODDESS OF MAIZE, FOOD, AND FERTILITY. SHE IS A NOURISHING DEITY WHO SUPPLIES HER PEOPLE WITH SUSTENANCE. THE WORD "COATL" MEANS SERPENT, AND HER NAME, WHICH MEANS "SEVEN SNAKES", REFLECTS HER SERPENTINE NATURE. HENCE, SHE WAS SOMETIMES DEPICTED WITH SEVEN HEADS. SHE WAS SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS THE "SEVEN EARS OF CORN", AND AS THE "GODDESS OF THE TENDER EARS OF MAIZE. "

WHEN THE CORN WAS RIPE THE AZTECS PLUCKED THE FINEST EARS FOR OFFERINGS TO THE DEITIES, AND AT THE HARVEST, THE CORN WAS HEAPED UP IN THE FIELD AND WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE MOVED UNTIL THE CORN ITSELF GAVE SOME SIGNAL THAT IT WAS READY. THE FALLING OF AN EAR FROM THE HEAP, OR THE SPRINGING UP OF A FRESH BLADE, WAS INTERPRETED AS THE SIGN WAITED FOR.

"CHICOMECOATL "IS DEPICTED WITH HER BODY AND FACE PAINTED RED, WEARING A RECTANGULAR HEADDRESS OR PLEATED FAN OF RED PAPER, AND OFTEN HOLDING A DOUBLE EAR OF CORN IN EACH HAND. VENERATED AT HARVEST TIME, HER FESTIVAL WAS CELEBRATED IN SEPTEMBER AT WHICH TIME THE AZTECS HELD A SOLEMN FESTIVAL AT WHICH TIME A YOUNG GIRL REPRESENTING GODDESS WAS SACRIFICED TO ENSURE "CHICOMECOATL'S "BLESSINGS.

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