Jumat, 09 Mei 2008

Aztec God #2 - Chalchiuhtlicue

In Aztec mythology, Chalchiuhtlicue (also known as Chalciuhtlicue or Chalcihuitlicue) (“She skirts Jade") was the goddess of lakes and streams. It is also a patron of birth and plays a role in baptisms of Aztec community. In the five suns myth, she rule the Fourth World, which was obliterated in a big flood. Her spouse was Tlaloc and with it, she gave birth to Tecciztecatl. In its aquatic aspect, it was called Acuecucyoticihuati, goddess of the sea, streams and other water and the patroness of women in the workforce. She also was said to the spouse of Xiuhtecuhtli. It is sometimes associated with a goddess of rain, Matlalcueitl.

Chalciuhtlicue was shown wearing a green short skirt and with black streaks on the her face. In some scenes infants be seen in a jet of water that is come out from her skirts. Sometimes it is symbolized by a stream with a pear tree on a riverside.

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