In Aztec mythology, Coatlicue (”she with serpent skirts”) is the mother of the 400 stars in the sky, and one daughter, Coyolxauhqui (”she with bells on her cheeks”). When Coatlicue becomes pregnant illegitimately (by touching a tuft of hummingbird feathers - this sort of stuff happens a lot in Mesoamercan mythos), her children become both embarrassed and enraged. But none more so than her daughter, Coyolxauhqui. Together with her 400 brothers, she launches an attack on her mother, but it is foiled when her mother’s unborn son Huitzilopochtli (”the hummingbird on the left”) springs forth from her womb, armed for battle.

Huitzilopochtli dismembers Coyolxauhqui, and flings her head into the sky where it becomes the moon, so that her mother might look upon her always.

Prints coming soon. See the original in person @shopmivida this Month for their #VirgenVida exhibit.
“Sacred Ancestral Prayer” 15"x7" (estimate) on wood by Jake Prendez $175
The image is based off 3 strong Aztec female deities/personas…the body of Coyolxauhqui, the robe of Tonantzin and belt of Coatlicue. It is the sacred ancestral prayer before Don Diego, before the Spanish invaders. #chicana #chicano #art #chicanoarte #jakeprendezart #jakeprendezoriginal #love #coyolxauhqui #tonantzin #coatlicue #indigenous #chicanoart #losangeles #seattle #seattleart #xicana

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The Stone of Coyolxauhqui

Coyolxauhqui, is a Mexican goddess moon in Nahuatl mythology,

Coyolxauhqui was the daughter of the mother goddess Coatlicue and the ruler of the CentzonHuitznáhuac.

 Is represented as a dismembered woman.

this is her myth:

The pregnancy of Coatlicue, the maternal Earth deity, made her other children embarrassed, including her oldest daughter, Coyolxauhqui.

As she swept the temple, a few hummingbird feathers fell into her chest. Coatlicue’s child, Huitzilopochtli, sprang from her womb in full war armor and killed Coyolxauhqui, along with their 400 brothers and sisters. He cut off her limbs, then tossed her head into the sky where it became the moon, so that his mother would be comforted in seeing her daughter in the sky every night. 

….and I thought the vikings were the crazy ones ._.

I love my culture :D

“The Spirit is greater than all differences between languages, peoples, races, places, times. Even greater than the difference between life and death.” 
—Luis Valdez, Founder of Teatro Chicano.

“Coatlicue,” (Primordial Earth Mother, Mexika) by Rodrigo R. Pimentel of MexicoCoatlicue: Nahuatl: “She of the Serpent Skirt.“ Representation of the earth as both creator and of transmutation through death (plants, animals, humans, elements). Her face is of two fanged serpents and her skirt is of interwoven snakes that are a symbol of wisdom, cycles, transformation and the fertility of Mother Earth. Her breasts are those of a woman who has breastfed many children and her necklace is made up of hands, hearts, and a skull signifying her role as both lifegiver and transmuter of life and energy. She has many aspects, including that of Tlazolteotl and Tonantzin, who after the invasion of Mexico by Spain was called Our Lady of Guadalupe by the Catholic Church and whose appearance on the hill of Tepeyac from December 9-12, 1531, is celebrated today on those days with ceremonies and danza throughout Mexico and many places in the United States and most especially on December 12. Tonantzin Tlalli Ipalnemoani.

Heart and Hands of Coatlicue

“The Heart and Hands of Coatlicue” represents the powers of energy manipulation of the curandera, the traditional Mexican healer. In this painting the healer is tapping into the vital force of life through the goddess Coatlicue, the creator and destroyer of life.

Like Coatlicue, the healer must embrace sacrifice in order to manifest change. The healer is seen as a shapeshifter, her body morphing into a different form. A part of her must die to be reborn so she may act as a conduit of the sacred wave of life.

“The Heart and Hands of Coatlicue” was part of the “Curanderas” exhibit at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, MI in 2009.

Artist: Gabrielle Pescador