Name and Etymology:
Chicomecoatl, "Seven Serpents"
Xilonen, "Young Maize-Ear Doll"
Religion and Culture of Chicomecoatl:
Symbols, Iconography, and Art of Chicomecoatl:
In Aztec art, Chicomecoatl is often depicted with lines on a red face, a headdress, and ears of maize either in her hands or on her back. Sometimes she is a young woman with flowers, sometimes a woman whose embrace means death, and sometimes a mother with the sun a shield.
Chicomecoatl is Goddess of:
Equivalents in Other Cultures:
Story and Origin of Chicomecoatl:
Family Tree and Relationships of Chicomecoatl:
Wife and counterpart of Cinteotl, god of maize
Temples, Worship and Rituals of Chicomecoatl:
Every harvest season, a young girl impersonating Chicomecoatl would be ritually sacrificed. First she would be decapitated then her blood poured over a statue of Chicomecoatl. After this her headless corpse would be ritually flayed and her skin worn by a priest of Chicomecoatl. The same would occur at the festival of Hueytozoztli, when an impersonator would be sacrificed in order to encourage the growth of young corn. During Ochpanitztli, war captives would be killed by arrow sacrifice.