CoyolXauhqui The Aztec moon goddess; daughter of Coatlicue and sister of Huitzilopochtli. Coyolxauhqui performs a powerful position in lots of Aztec myths. Some of these myths indicate that she is the goddess of the Milky Way.

In one model of an essential delusion, Coyolxauhqui’s 400 brothers wished to kill their mom, Coatlicue, when she grew to become pregnant by a ball of feathers. Coyolxauhqui opposed her brothers and went to Coatlicue to warn her of their plan. (In different variations of this delusion, Coyolxauhqui led the assault on Coatlicue.) But the new child Huitzilopochtli, considering Coyolxauhqui was a menace, killed Coyolxauhqui earlier than she might communicate.

Afterward, when Coatlicue advised him that Coyolxauhqui was good, Huitzilopochtli chopped off his sister’s head and threw it into the heavens to be the Moon. Thus Coatlicue might at all times look to the heavens to see her loyal daughter.

Another story tells concerning the Aztec’s 200-year migration from their legendary homeland of Aztlan to the Valley of Mexico: Coyolxauhqui (who, on this story, was nonetheless alive) wished to stay in one of many locations the place the Aztec had quickly settled. Huitzilopochtli, nevertheless, mentioned it was time to transfer on. She was so insistent and he so adamant that he killed her. Then he broke down the irrigated gardens, which pressured the people to depart as a result of the land grew to become too dry. Both tales present Coyolxauhqui as a lady who was sturdy and stood up for what she wished. These had been warrior qualities that the Aztec admired; they made Coyolxauhqui an eagle warrior lady. The Nahua custom of utilizing the phrase “fallen warrior women” to describe a conquered metropolis got here from this story.

Coyolxauhqui continues to be revered. In 1978, when a big, carved stone honoring Coyolxauhqui was found at an archaeological website in Mexico City, the employees on the website stopped and sang a hymn to honor her.


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