Cihuacoatl Aztec Mother Goddess  

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"CIHUACOATL" IS AN AZTEC MOTHER GODDESS, A GODDESS OF MOTHERHOOD, FERTILITY, AND MIDWIVES. SHE WAS THE PATRONESS OF WOMEN WHO DIED IN CHILDBIRTH. IN THE SWEATBATHS WHERE THE MIDWIVES PRACTICED, SHE WAS ESPECIALLY INFLUENTIAL. IT IS SHE WHO HELPED QUETZALCOATL TO CREATE THE CURRENT RACE OF HUMANITY. THIS WAS DONE BY GRINDING UP BONES OF THE PEOPLE WITH THE BLOOD OF THE OLD GODS WHO COMMITTED SELF-SACRIFICE. ALTHOUGH SHE WAS SOMETIMES DEPICTED AS A YOUNG WOMAN, CHIHUACOATL ACTUALLY HAD A FRIGHTENING APPEARANCE AND WAS OFTEN SHOWN AS A FIERCE OLD WOMAN WITH AN EXPOSED JAWBONE AND A MOUTH THAT WAS ALWAYS GAPING. (YIKES!)

HER NAME MEANT "SERPENT WOMAN. "CIHUACOATL WAS BOTH A GODDESS OF REGENERATION AND FERTILITY....AND, AS THE GODDESS OF DEATH, SHE BROUGHT MISERY AND DEATH THROUGH WARFARE AND HUMAN SACRIFICE. SHE IS ALSO THE MOTHER OF MIXCOATL...WHO SHE ABANDONED AT THE CROSSROADS. IT IS SAID THAT SHE OFTEN RETURNS THERE WEEPING FOR HER SON...ONLY TO FIND A SACRIFICIAL KNIFE. THE FOLLOWING HYMN WAS WRITTEN IN HER HONOR.

"HYMN TO CIHUACOATL"

"CIHUACOATL", PLUMED WITH EAGLE FEATHERS, WITH THE CREST OF EAGLES, PAINTED WITH SERPENTS' BLOOD, COMES WITH HER HOE, BEATING HER DRUM, FROM COLHUACAN."

". SHE ALONE, WHO IS OUR FLESH, GODDESS OF THE FIELDS AND SHRUBS, IS STRONG TO SUPPORT US."

" WITH THE HOE, WITH THE HOE, WITH HANDS FULL, WITH THE HOE, WITH HANDS FULL, THE GODDESS OF THE FIELDS IS STRONG TO SUPPORT US." WITH A BROOM IN HER HANDS THE GODDESS OF THE FIELDS STRONGLY SUPPORTS US."

" OUR MOTHER IS AS TWELVE EAGLES, GODDESS OF DRUM-BEATING, FILLING THE FIELDS OF TZIOAC AND MAGUEY LIKE OUR LORD MIXCOATL."

" SHE IS OUR MOTHER, A GODDESS OF WAR, OUR MOTHER, A"GODDESS OF WAR, AN EXAMPLE AND A COMPANION FROM THE HOME OF OUR ANCESTORS (COLHUACAN). "

"SHE COMES FORTH, SHE APPEARS WHEN WAR IS WAGED, SHE PROTECTS US IN WAR THAT WE SHALL NOT BE DESTROYED, AN EXAMPLE AND COMPANION FROM THE HOME OF OUR ANCESTORS. SHE COMES ADORNED IN THE ANCIENT MANNER WITH THE EAGLE CREST, IN THE ANCIENT MANNER WITH THE EAGLE CREST."

--From "The Sacred Songs of the Ancient Mexicans" 1890--



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