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Pronunciation : coh ah-TLEE kway

(Aztec Deity)COATLICUE

Also known as TETEOINAN, TONANTZIN

The Aztec Earth Goddess and Mother of the Gods known as 'serpent skirt' for obvious reasons.

Her outrageous attire also included a necklace made from human hearts and skulls and her feet and hands were adorned with razor sharp claws.

She was the wife of Mixcoatl and they created the Southern Star Gods known as Centzon Huitznahuas. Rumour has it she also mothered Xolotl and Quetzalcoatl via a little divine intervention and gave birth to another son under some very dodgy circumstances...

After a ball of humming bird feathers drifted into the temple where she was cleaning and brushed against her she became pregnant. Eldest daughter Coyolxauhqui, who for some unfathomable reason was under the impression her mother was still a virgin despite having 400+ children, rallied her brothers and sisters with the intention of killing the shame.

Unfortunately for them, Coatlicue gave birth to a fully grown and armed to the teeth Huitzilopochtli who proceeded to kill his siblings and devour their hearts. Coyolxauhqui was singled out for extra special treatment and had her limbs hacked off and her head thrown into the sky where she became the moon.

Coatlicue was never quite the same after this sorry series of events and some say she gave up giving birth and took to protecting other mothers instead. She has been spotted looking suspiciously like Cihuacoatl who, in turn, has also been spotted looking suspiciously like Ciucoatl. Being pushed to the brink of madness does strange things to a Goddess.
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'Coatlicue' - Aztec entry : 21st December 2007
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