Huixtocihuatl

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Depicting on "Primeros memoriales" of Bernardino de Sahagún.

In Aztec mythology, Huixtocihuatl[pronunciation?] (or Uixtochihuatl, Uixtociuatl) was a fertility goddess who presided over salt and salt water. The daughter of Tlaloc.[1] One interpretation of the myths surrounding Huixtochiuatl says she gained control over sea water when she was having a fight with the Tlaloque and they threw all their salt water at her[2] and Chalchiuhtlicue, sister of the Tlaloques were her sisters, or, in some sources, the younger sister of Tlaloc in an attempt to drown her.

Some sources place her as a wife of Tezcatlipoca.

In June, there was a ten-day festival in her honor. During the festival, one woman was considered to be the embodiment of Huixtochiuatl. That woman would be sacrificed by the end of the festival.[3] Salt makers would honor her with dances.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, Coulter, Patricia, Charles Russell (2001). Dictionary of Ancient Deities. Oxford University Press US. 
  2. ^ "Goddess A Day: Huixtocihuatl". Goddess A Day. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. 
  3. ^ Monaghan, Patricia (2009). Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines. ABC-CLIO. 
  4. ^ "The Aztec Festivals". Amoxtli.org. Archived from the original on 2013-08-21.