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(Aztec Deity)XOCHIQUETZAL

Tonalli : XOCHITL (flower)
Trecena : CUAUHTLI (1 Eagle - 13 Deer)
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The Aztec Goddess of flowers, dancing, games, fertility and pregnant women. When you look at things in that order it would seem she was the Goddess of love... and she was.

Her name means 'beautiful like a flower' and she had a retinue of birds and general lovey-dovey-ness that followed her around like a sweet scent but it didn't stop virgins from being sacrificed to her on a regular basis. A festival was held in her honour every eight years where her worshippers would wear masks of butterflies and sweet cutesy things, and while i'm not convinced this made them beautiful like flowers too, it doesn't hurt to try.

She was also the Goddess of beauty, and as the patron of crafts she had a rather bizarre ritual dedicated to her too, where a woman dressed as Xochiquetzal would be flayed alive and a priest wearing her skin would sit at the foot of the temple pretending to weave. But things got a whole lot stranger as craftsmen dressed as Monkeys would then dance around like loons frantically waving the tools of their particular trade in the air.

Xochipilli was her twin who was a bit lovey-dovey himself and it seems she was married to Centeotl... and Ixotecuhtli... and Tlaloc... the Goddess of love had a lot of love to give. But giving is one thing, helping yourself is something else, and Tlaloc wasn't impressed when Tezcatlipoca kidknapped her and forced her to marry him too.
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'Xochiquetzal' - Aztec entry : 21st December 2007
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