Mayahuel

Central American - A fertility goddess, goddess of intoxication. Wife of Xochipilli. This young girl, who came from the underworld and was guarded by the old woman, Tzitzimitl, was wakened by the Aztec wind-god, Ehecatl. They mated, joined in the form of Precious Tree, to introduce sex to mankind. When she died her bones grew into vines and she was deified. Another version says that she was carried off by Quetzalcoatl. Her body was later torn to pieces by animals and agave plants grew from the pieces. In some accounts, she was the daughter of an earthly farmer, Patecatl, who discovered alcohol. Having seen a mouse apparently drunk from eating the seeds of the agave, she boiled some seeds to produce the intoxicating drink, pulque. As a result, she was deified and became the wife of Xochipilli. She is depicted with four hundred breasts and is often shown sitting in front of the agave. Occasionally known as Mayahuel, Mayahual, Mayahual, Mayauel, Mayauel, Precious Tree, Precious Tree, Quetzalcoatl or Precious Willow.

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