October 14th, 2009 by sabrina

MasayaMasaya is the Nicaraguan Goddess of volcanoes. She lives in the Underworld with Mictanteot, the God of the Underworld, and receives the souls of evil people when they die. Masaya is depicted as an old crone with black skin, drooping breasts, and white wispy hair, similar to the gases that rise from the volcano in Nicaragua that is named for her. The Chorotega people used to sacrifice virgins by throwing them into the volcano, hoping that the Goddess would provide divine oracles in return for the sacrifice. Masaya’s name means “burning mountain.”

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1 response about “Masaya”

  1. Neil said:

    I thought Masaya was the name of the volcano and that Mictanteot (or Mictanchihuatl) was the underworld Goddess. Others say Chaciutique was the goddess of fire who received sacrifices at Masaya.
    Do you have any references to support your assertion that Masaya was a Goddess?