Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Mictecacihuatl




I dare you to say that name five times in a row. Go on, try. I'll wait. And then after you remove the knots in your tongue, I will tell you a little bit more about her.

Mictecacihuatl is the Aztec Godess of Death. She ruled the underworld, Mictlan, together with her husband Mictlantecuhtli and together they were said to dwell in a windowless house there. Her main responsibility was guarding the bones of the dead. Aztecs believed that the first humans on this world had been made using the bones of past dead of other worlds. If you follow that logic, there may come a time when a future world would need to be populated with new lifeforms made from the bones of the current dead and thus they needed to be kept under close watch. She also presided over the Aztec festival honouring their dead, which has evolved in modern day Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). She is also called  the Lady of the Dead, since it is believed that she was born, then sacrificed as an infant (or even died at childbirth depending on which version of the legend you're hearing).

I love how this one turned out! It also put me in un undeniable Halloween kind of mood. I know it's only August but still... it's creeping closer, right? *excited squeel*


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