Xalaquia

Central American - An Aztec festival in honour of Chicomecohuatl. This festival took place at the end of June when the maize was fully grown and featured the Xalaquia, a female slave, painted to represent a maize plant. She was required to dance throughout the sixteen days of the festival until, on the last morning, she was led to the teocalli and killed by the officiating priest who tore out her heart and offered it to the goddess. In some references, called Xalaquia.

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