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(Aztec Deity)TOCI

Also known as TETEO-INNAN, TLALLI-IYOLLO
Attributes : Reed broom, shield and arrows
Festivals : Ochpaniztli ('month of sweeping')

The Aztec grandma Goddess and heart of the earth. Toci oversees everything that grans normally do; spinning, sweeping and all that kind of thing, but in a fruit scones cook off i bet my gran could have her.

Also known as mother of the Gods, Toci is the ancient prune faced patron of midwives and healers but also associated with war, which seems like a bit of a double edged sword. She also does a shift or two at the sweat house, putting in an appearance as Temazcalteci.

The Aztecs throw affection and festivities Toci's way during Ochpaniztli, the month of sweeping, during which time housewives go into a sweeping frenzy with a small reed broom because, apparently, dirt equals evil. This doesn't sound like a lot of fun but bearing in mind the Aztecs had been chafing themselves with the same kind of broom at bath-times i would imagine it made a welcome change.

Toci is easily identified by the black spot on her cheek and sports a fetching dark band around her mouth that looks like a moustache and goatee. Why don't grandma's shave?
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'TOCI' - Aztec entry : 21st December 2007
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