mexican goddess

A devotional image of Xochiquetzal and Xochipilli, togehter, the Teótl of love, flowers, art, spring, the morning sun, hallucinogenic drugs, and venereal disease. They represent the duality. You can find this image as a poster on my Etsy at this link!

THE TLANCHANA

Its name comes from ancient times and is derived from three voices of Nahuatl atl, water; tonan, mother; chane, magical being or spirit. 


For many visitors it is rare to find a mermaid 500 km from the coast and more than 2600 meters. However, once the Toluca Valley in the State of México territory had nine lagoons surrounded by small communities of Otomi and matlazincas people;compared to Nevado de Toluca or Xinantécatl and near the Great or Chignahuapan River Lerma today. 


The myth originated in ancient times, when the Aztecs invaded yet Matlazinca this fertile valley.

According to tradition, this lake area was ruled by a strange queen, half woman and half snake water. It was said that behind the tulle and grass lagoon on an island could see a beautiful naked woman wearing a crown and beads and strings of fish, crayfish and salamanders in the waist. 


She had a possessive, fickle and vengeful temperament; if she was happy her tail was of a black snake, and allowed fishermen to obtain abundant fishing with nets. When she fell in love with a man she could turn his legs and tail grounded out to look; if a man tending her melodious call the tail of a serpent was used to surround and drag it to the bottom of their domains until drowned.

Over the centuries the lakes dried. The new religion changed the small farming and fishing communities. But the song of the ancient siren still captivates researchers, artists and people in general, and in the early 90s of last century it was decided to install the Tlanchana a principal place of Juarez Park.


Today, instead of tail viper’s Tlanchana have one fish, perhaps due to the influence of those who came with other traditions of the Old World, which is known as the siren of Metepec, although municipal chronicler Bertha Balestra “ (…) it would be nice to have back to Original Tlanchana, made of clay, symbolizing not only the myth, but the main activity of Metepec ”. It also suggests redesigning the source, local and garnish with aquatic motives and that has a plate with the legend of the mother fish to remember remote aspects of local history.

La Tlanchana.
Su nombre proviene de tiempos remotos y se deriva de tres voces del náhuatl: atl, agua; tonan, madre; chane, ser o espíritu mágico. 

Para muchos visitantes resulta extraño encontrar una sirena a 500 km de la costa y a más de 2 600 msnm. No obstante, este territorio antaño contaba con nueve lagunas rodeadas por pequeñas comunidades matlazincas y otomíes; frente al Nevado de Toluca o Xinantécatl y cerca del río Grande o Chignahuapan, hoy Lerma. El mito tuvo su origen en tiempos prehispánicos, cuando los mexicas todavía no invadían este fértil Valle Matlazinca.

Según las tradiciones, esta zona lacustre estaba regida por una extraña reina, mitad mujer y mitad serpiente acuática. Se decía que detrás de los tules y hierbas de la laguna, sobre un islote podía verse a una hermosa mujer desnuda ataviada con corona y collares y sartas de peces, acociles y ajolotes en la cintura. Poseía un temperamento posesivo, voluble y vengativo; si estaba contenta su cola era la de una serpiente negra, y permitía a los pescadores obtener abundante pesca con sus redes. 

Cuando se enamoraba de algún humano podía convertir su cola en piernas y salir a tierra a buscarlo; si un hombre no atendía su melodioso llamado utilizaba la cola de serpiente para rodearlo y arrastrarlo al fondo de sus dominios hasta que lo ahogaba.

Con el paso de los siglos las lagunas se secaron. La nueva religión cambió las pequeñas comunidades agrícolas y pesqueras. Pero el canto de la ancestral sirena todavía cautiva a los investigadores, artistas y pueblo en general, y a principios de los años 90 del siglo pasado se decidió instalar a La Tlanchana en un lugar principal del parque Juárez.

Hoy, en lugar de cola de víbora La Tlanchana la tiene de pez, quizá debido a la influencia de quienes llegaron con otras tradiciones del Viejo Mundo, por lo que es conocida como La sirena de Metepec, aunque para la cronista municipal Bertha Balestra, “(…) sería hermoso tener de nuevo a La Tlanchana original, hecha de arcilla y simbolizando no sólo el mito, sino también la actividad principal de Metepec”. También sugiere rediseñar la fuente, adornarla con motivos locales y acuáticos y que cuente con una placa con la leyenda de esta madre de los peces para recordar remotos aspectos de la historia local.

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anonymous asked:

hi, im protestant, from mexico. so i've been teached that mother mary is really a pagan goddess of fertility related to lilith and mesopotamia which means is a demon so catholics are worshiping a demon, but… how do i know is true, i have so many doubts about it. i just wanted to ask your opinion about it. not that i really believe such thing.

…………wow, I really thought I had heard everything, but this is a new one.

The short answer is–no? I’m not even sure where that’s coming from? Catholics believe that Mary was a Jewish woman from the first center AD, who gave birth to Jesus Christ and therefore was the Mother of God. We also believe that she was born without sin, in order to carry God for nine months. She was holy and first among women, but she was absolutely a human woman–she got rocks in her sandals and screamed and wept and lost a son, just like any other woman would.

(and Catholics technically don’t worship Mary, we venerate her. I discuss the differences in this post.)

I have read comparative mythology papers that argue Mary is the Christian answer to the “divine feminine” or the “divine mother” of some pagan religions. But that doesn’t make her any less definitively Christian. (My many issues with comparative mythology are a topic for another day.) Additionally, the closest analogue would certainly not be Lilith, who occupies her own space as temptress, demonic queen, and bringer of illness within Catholic lore.

(I talk a little bit about Lilith and her evolving history in this post)

Other than that, I’m not sure what to say. Whether Mary is a demon…is never an argument I’ve had with myself before.