Huixtocihuatl

November 25th, 2008 by sabrina

Huixtocihuatl (pronounced we-sto-key-WAH-tl) is the Aztec Goddess of salt and salt water. She is the older sister of the rain Gods, the Tlaloques, the most important of whom was named simply Tlaloc. The Tlaloques were responsible for releasing the rains, and in an argument, they drove off their sister Huixtocihuatl and threw all of their salt water at her, giving her reign over it forever. In the month of the Little Feast of the Lords, a woman was sacrificed to Huixtocihuatl and salt makers performed special dances in her honor. She is usually depicted wearing a skirt adorned with waves and jadeite, with golden bells around her ankles. She carried a special shield with a picture of a waterlily and decorated with parrot, eagle, and quetzal feathers. Huixtocihuatl’s name, which means “salt lady,” is also seen as Uixtocihuatl.

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