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Coyolxauhqui

by Micha F. Lindemans
"Golden Bells". The earth and moon-goddess of the Aztec. She is related to the four hundred star-deities Huitznauna, who are under her control. She possesses magical powers which with she can do great harm. When her mother Coatlicue became pregnant in what her children deemed unseemly circumstances, Coyolxauhqui and her 400 brothers and sisters sought to slay her. Immediately the sun-god Huitzilopochtli sprang fully armed from Coatlicue's womb and slew Coyalxauhqui and many of her kin.

According to one tradition, Huitzilopochtli tossed Coyalxauhqui's head into the sky where it became the moon. He hoped that his mother would find comfort at night by seeing the face of her daughter in the sky.


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  • Pronunciation:
    coh-yohl-shau'-kee

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