December 15th, 2007 by sabrina

Xochiquetzal (pronounced so-chee-KETZ-al) is the Aztec Goddess of flowers, love, and pregnancy. She also rules over all domestic arts, games, dancing, and prostitutes. She was the wife of Tlaloc, the rain God, but she was kidnapped by Tezcatlipoca, the God of night. While still with Tlaloc, Xochiquetzal played a role in the invention of something very important–chocolate. Quetzalcoatl, the sky God, loved his people very much and stole a cacao tree from paradise to give to them. He asked Tlaloc to feed the plant with his rain, and Xochiquetzal decorated it with her flowers. Some of the flowers turned into pods, which Quetzalcoatl taught the people to harvest, roasting the beans inside to produce the first chocolate.

Xochiquetzal’s name means “flower feather”, and she is usually depicted with a feathered headdress and holding flowers, particularly marigolds, being followed by butterflies and hummingbirds. Her titles include Flower Mistress, Flower-Feather, Most Precious Flower, Flower of the Rich Plume, Bitch Mother, and Blue-Skirted Lady.

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