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(Aztec Deity)CHICOMECOATL

Also known as CHALCHIUHCIHUATL, XILONEN, CHICCOMECATL

Aztec maize Goddess. Wife, cohort or bizarre aspect of Centeotl.

Chicomecoatl is also known as Xilonen which means 'the hairy one' and while some suggest this refers to hairs on the unshucked ears of maize she's often seen carrying it could be due to an overdose of male hormones. Somewhere down the line she appears to have morphed into Centeotl which could well be the first ever cosmic sex change. Or could the hairy one have been a cross dressing fellow all along?

Every September during the clean sweep festival of Ochpaniztli a young girl would be dressed up as Chicomecoatl and sacrificed in a most unsavoury manner, and if you really must have details...

The 'lucky' maiden would be decapitated and her blood collected and poured over a statuette of the Maize Goddess while a priest was busy flaying the corpse. Then he would wear the skin suit for a whole month.

I can only imagine the stink after this time, but rumour has it it made him all the more popular at the biggest gatherings, something to do with the guarantee of a bumper crop harvest the following season.
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'CHICOMECOATL' - Aztec entry : 21st December 2007
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