Coatlicue

Central American - The Aztec earth-goddess, moongoddess, mother-goddess, earth serpent. An aspect of Tonantzin. The female aspect of Ometeotl. Wife of Mixcoatl. Mother of Coyolxauhqui, Huitzilopochtli, Quetzalcoatl, Xolotl and 400 others. She was impregnated with a ball of down or feathers that fell on to her lap. Her 400 (or 4,000) children planned to kill her to prevent the birth but her son, Huitzilopochtli (or Quetzalcoatl), was born fully armed and killed many of the rebellious children. Another version of this story tells of a widow, La, who is similarly made pregnant and saved by her son, Huitzilopochtli. In some stories she is the consort of Tlaltecuhtli. She is represented as a terrible deity with snakes round her waist, human hearts as a necklace and with claws on hands and feet. She ate the dead. At times, called Coatlicue, Chicomecohuatl, Chicomecohuatl, Chicomecoatl, Seven-serpent, Seven Snakes, Seven-Serpent, Xilonen, Coatlantona, Coatlantona, Robe of Serpents, Serpent Skirt, Ilamatecuhtli, Ilamatecuhtli, Cihuacoatl, Old Princess, Tlaltecuhtli, I(t)zpapalotl, I(t)zpapalotl, Tlazolteotl, Tlazolteotl, Itzcuinan, Ixcuina, Ixcuiname, Ixcuinana, Ixquina, Queen of Cotton, Tlacolteotl, Ixcuina(na), Temazcalteci, Teteoinnan, Tlaelquarni, Tlazolteotli, Toci(tzin), Toxi, Tona(n)tzin or Tona(n)tzin.

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