Omecihuatl

September 8th, 2008 by sabrina

Omecihuatl (pronounced oh-may-SEE-wah-tl) is the Aztec Goddess of creation. Along with her twin/husband Ometecuhtli, Omecihuatl lived in Omeyocan, the highest of the heavens. There was no light and no stars, but as they walked they could sometimes see the gleam from the eyes of a monster. One day, Omecihuatl reached out to touch one of the monsters, and it turned into a star. She and Ometecuhtli touched all the monsters they could find, filling the sky with stars. With the heavens filled with light, Omecihuatl and Ometecuhtli decided to have children. Their four sons, Quetzalcoatl, Xipetotec, Tezcatlipoca, and Huitzilopochtli, were the first of the Aztec deities. They created the earth from one of the remaining monsters. Omecihuatl and Ometecuhtli were very happy with their sons’ work, and they sent drops of light to the earth to be the souls of children, a practice that they continue to this day. Omecihuatl’s name, which means “Lady of Duality,” is also seen as Omeciuatl.

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