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Chicomecoatl

In Aztec mythology, Chicomecoatl was the goddess of maize and fertility. Every September, she received a sacrifice of young girl, decapitated. The sacrifice's blood was poured on a statue of Chicmecoatl and her skin was worn by a priest. She was thought of as a female counterpart to Centeotl and was also called Xilonen ("the hairy one", which referred to the hairs on unshucked maize), who was married to Tezcatlipoca.

She appeared as a tripartite goddess:

  • young girl carrying flowers
  • woman who brings death with her embraces.
  • mother who uses the sun as a shield



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