Coatlicue is the mother of all gods of the aztec cementery, and in some way a form of mother earth, mother of huitzilopochtli, the god of the sun and war…
The representations of Coatlicue, show the deadly side of this godess, because the earth, beside being a benevolent mother that provides all nature, is also a insatiable monster that eats everything that lives, but also the celestial bodies desappear behind her.
However, the scary image of coatlicue, wich founds its origin at “the black house” (her temple at tenochtitlan) doesnt just represent her as dead godess, but also as a decapitated figure, wich we interpret as godess of earth and at the same time godess of the moon. she is a widow…In many myths, they say that she had a fight with the sun and lost the battle because the sun cut her head and thats why she lives in darkness.
“Coatlicue” in Nahuatl (aztec language) means “the one with the skirt of serpents”
According to the leyend, one day, while she (as a widow ) was cleaning the temple, suddenly a ball of bright feathers that descended from the sky, planted i’ts seed on her, and got her fertilized. Her jealous children decided to kill her on a fit of anger, but in that exact moment huitzilopochtli the god of war, was born ready to fight even with all his weapons and the first thing he did was to kill all his brothers and sisters.. today the moon and the stars.
The most important representation of “coatlicue” is the one at the national museum of anthropology and history in mexico city; shes got feet and hands in form of claw, a skirt of braided serpents, and her chest is cover with human hearts, skulls,and human hands.
The head of the godess is replaced by two serpent heads facing each other, making somehow an optical ilussion that make you think its just one, and simulate two streams of blood that emanate from her neck.
Here some pics of this monster…0