Coatlicue (Serpent Skirt) is the Earth goddess, ruler each of life and of dying, and the mom of the solar god Huitzilopochtli. The Aztec believed Coatlicue was found by magicians, wrapped in a cloud. Because of her, people may stay and inhabit the Earth, which was vital in the event that they had been to attain religious release.

Despite Coatlicue’s significance, the Aztec didn't painting her as a magnificence. She was typically proven with free and sagging breasts and with claws for arms and toes. She wore a skirt made from snakes, and round her neck hung a cranium strung on a necklace of human hearts. Coatlicue was a duality—each life-giving and merciless. Mexicans nonetheless honor her as an emblem of the energy girls possess and of how people are influenced by their unconscious minds.

In one fable, a big ball of feathers floated from the sky and landed at Coatlicue’s toes as she swept out her dwelling someday. She picked it up and tucked it in her pocket. Doing so made her pregnant. Ashamed and horrified that their mom had so mysteriously change into pregnant, Coatlicue’s 400 sons, led by their sister Coyolxauhqui, ready to assault her. But earlier than they might, Huitzilopochtli sprang from her womb, totally grown, and killed all of them. (In one other model of this story, Coyolxauhqui is loyal to her mom, however Huitzilopochtli doesn't notice this and kills her alongside together with her brothers.) Huitzilopochtli despatched all of them to the sky, Coyolxauhqui to be the Moon and her brothers to be the celebrities.

In one other fable, the Aztec ruler Moctezuma I despatched a gaggle of monks to go to their homeland Aztlan, and so they met Coatlicue. She advised them that as a result of the people had change into such gluttons and had change into so awed by their very own lavish tradition, they'd quickly be conquered and their empire would disappear. She gave the monks easy sandals and capes to take again with them in hopes that they'd remind the monks of the Aztec’s easy beginnings and encourage her son, Huitzilopochtli, who had led the Aztec away from Aztlan, to return and produce the people again.

To the Aztec, Coatlicue and her household represented the universe: She was the Earth, Huitzilopochtli the Sun, Coyolxauhqui the Moon, and Coatlicue's 400 sons the celebrities. The Aztec celebrated this Earth goddess twice a 12 months, within the spring to remedy sicknesses and within the fall to guarantee good looking.