Chalchiuhtlicue Aztec Goddess Of Water  

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CHALCHIUHTLICUE IS THE AZTEC GODDESS OF WATER, THE MOTHER OF THE LAKES, STREAMS, RIVERS, AND THE SEA. HER NAME MEANS "JADE SKIRT" OR "LADY OF THE PRECIOUS GREEN." SHE WAS UNIVERSALLY REVERED BY THE NAHUA PEOPLE SHE IS A FERTILITY DEITY WHO PRESIDES OVER THE BIRTH OF CHILDREN AND BLESSES THEM DURING THEIR FIRST BATH. IT IS SAID THAT DURING THE BIRTHING PROCESS AND THE ARRIVAL OF THE NEWBORN, THE MIDWIFE PERFORMS A SPECIAL CEREMONY WHICH INVOLVES THE MIDWIFE SHOUTING WAR CRIES IN HONOR OF THE BATTLE THE MOTHER HAD JUST FOUGHT IN GIVING BIRTH. THE CORD IS THEN CEREMONIOUSLY CUT WHILE THE MIDWIFE TELL BABY ALL ABOUT LIFE. THEN, DURING THE FIRST BATH, THE MIDWIFE TELLS THE BABY THE STORY OF CHALCHIUHTLICUE. IN MY OPINION, THIS IS REALLY A WONDERFUL CUSTOM.

CHALCHIUHTLICUE IS DEPICTED AS DRESSED IN CLOTHING WHICH IS DECORATED WITH WATER LILIES. TASSELS HANG DOWN FROM EITHER SIDE OF HER FACE. SHE HOLDS A RATTLE IN HER HANDS. SHE WAS THE PERSONIFICATION OF YOUTHFUL BEAUTY. TO THE PEOPLE, SHE WAS SEEN AS A FLOWING RIVER WHICH PRODUCED A PRICKLY PEAR TREE, THE SYMBOL OF THE HUMAN HEARTS THAT WERE SACRIFICED TO HER. IN AZTEC MYTHOLOGY, SHE IS THE CONSORT OF TLALOC, THE GOD OF THE SKY. HOWEVER, HE WAS DRIVEN AWAY BY QUESTZALCOALI; CHALCHIUHTLICUE WAS FURIOUS OVER THIS TURN OF EVENTS AND CAUSED VIOLENT FLOODS OVER THE EARTH AND ONLY THOSE WHO WERE TURNED TO FISH SURVIVED.

CHALCHIUHTLICUE WAS THE PATRON SAINT OF THE SEA AND THE VERACRUZ REGION OF THE GULF OF MEXICO. PEOPLE WHO MADE THEIR LIVING FROM THE WATER PRAYED TO HER CONSTANTLY. AN ANNUAL FEAST TO THIS GODDESS WAS ALWAYS A WELL-ATTENDED EVENT IN WHICH A SPECIAL SACRIFICE WAS MADE. SHRINES MADE TO HER WERE USUALLY BUILT NEAR STREAMS, AQUEDUCTS, AND IRRIGATION DITCHES.

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