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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 22, Coatlicue Summary & Analysis

Merlin Stone
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Chapter 22, Coatlicue Summary and Analysis

Coatlicue is the Mother of all Aztec deities. She is the creator of all life to the ancient people of Mexico. Coatlicue hides herself in a cloud on a mountaintop in Aztlan. She brings forth the moon, sun and the stars. She gives and takes life. Upon dying, the Aztecs return to her lava altar where they are melted to rejoin her. Coatlicue is able to look into her obsidian mirrors to reveal the future.

Coatlicue becomes pregnant with her son, the warlike Huitzilpochtli, also known as Tezcatlipoca. Once born, Huitzilpochtli murders Coatlicue's other children—the stars in the heavens. Coatlicue grieves the most for her fairest daughter, Coyolxauqui. She recovers her daughter's head and sets it in a place of honor, which in turn lights the night sky.

It is said that one daughter, Xochiquetzal, survived. It...

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