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(Aztec Deity)CIHUACOATL

Also known as CHIHUCOATL

The Aztec Goddess of Fertility, Childbirth and Motherhood.

For someone said to look after pregnant women, there's something a little sinister about Cihuacoatl if you ask me.

She is depicted as a skull-faced old woman carrying the shield and spear of a warrior. Aztec childbirth was comparable to warfare and the women who died bearing child were afforded full fallen warrior rights - a first class ticket to heaven.

Those 'unfortunate' enough to die a normal death from old age, starvation or the STD's, were rounded up and shipped off to Mictlan where they were given unsavoury jobs by Ciucoatl, which sounds remarkably similar to Cihuacoatl.

Cihuacoatl was the mother of Mixcoatl but abandoned him before his fire-drill shenannigans and helped create the fourth generation of humans with Quetzalcoatl. She has also been spotted acting all Coatlicue-like, so is possibly a super-busy triple Goddess, or just a deity with 'one of those faces!'
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'CIHUACOATL' - Aztec entry : 21st December 2007
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