Aztec Goddess Coyolxauhqui  

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Aztec Goddess Coyolxauhqui Image
"Coyolxauhqui" is the Aztec goddess of the "Moon"; Her name means Golden Bells. She is the daughter of the earth goddess, "Coatlicue" and the sister to four hundred [male] gods of the South (the stars), and an older sister to Huitzilopochtli, the god of war and of the sun. She possesses magical powers with which She can do great harm.

"COYOLXAUHQUI "WISHED TO KILL HER OWN OWN MOTHER "COATLICUE" WHEN SHE BECAME PREGNANT IN WHAT HER CHILDREN DEEMED UNSEEMLY CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT IT WAS JUST AT THAT MOMENT THAT THE MOON AND THE STARS WERE AT THE POINT OF KILLING HER, THE SUN, "HUITZILOPOCHTLI", WAS BORN, FULLY ARMED WITH A SHIELD AND SPEAR. HE DECAPITATED HIS TREACHEROUS SISTER AND CAST HER AWAY. AND SO IT IS THAT THE MOON DIES EVERY MONTH, DEFEATED BY THE SUN AND CUT IN PIECES. "COYOLXAUHQUI" AND HER DISMEMBERMENT ARE THE EXPLANATION FOR A CELESTIAL PHENOMENON, IN WHICH THE MOON DIES AND IS BORN IN PHASES.

A LARGE SHIELD-SHAPED STONE RELIEF REFLECTING THIS STORY WAS FOUND AT THE BASE OF THE STAIRS OF THE "TEMPLO MAYOR". ON THIS DISK, "COYOLXAUHQUI" IS SHOWN SPREAD OUT ON HER SIDE, WITH HER HEAD, ARMS AND LEGS CHOPPED AWAY FROM HER BODY. THE ORBITING FULL MOON IN THE STONE CARVING REFLECTS HER POSITION AS THE MOON GODDESS. SHE IS DISTINGUISHED BY BELLS OF EAGLE DOWN IN HER HAIR, A BELL SYMBOL ON HER CHEEK, AND AN EAR TAB SHOWING THE MEXICA YEAR SIGN, AND JUST AS WITH IMAGES OF HER MOTHER, SHE IS SHOWN WITH A SKULL TIED TO HER BELT.

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