#atozchallenge – C is for Cihuateotl, both honoured and feared

 

Any mother will tell you that childbirth is a battle!

Without ultrasound, sterile beds, and patient staff, it’s not hard to imagine childbirth as an even greater battle for fearless Aztec women. Were their lives claimed in the act of giving birth, their souls were granted a great honour – that of accompanying the sun on its daily journey. At night, however, these lost Cihuateotl haunted the crossroads, seeking children to replace the ones they could not birth and cursing the hapless with seizures and insanity.

Always be wary when traversing the roads at night – take care not to cross paths with the Cihuateotl!

Sources:

Image – Cihuateotl on Wikimedia Commons

http://www.mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/artefacts/spotlight/cihuateotl

http://instructional1.calstatela.edu/bevans/art446-12-aztec/WebPage-Info.00042.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cihuateotl

 

3 comments on “#atozchallenge – C is for Cihuateotl, both honoured and feared

  1. birgit says:

    You don’t mess with the Aztecs

  2. What a riot. I am originally from Mexico City, I left over 40 years ago and am most detached from the country of my birth, but the one thing about Mexico that absolutely fascinates me is the folklore and the indigenous nations.
    #a2zchallenge great to connect ! I am #1547 http://4covert2overt.blogspot.com/

  3. Liz Blocker says:

    Oh wow…that’s as heartbreaking as it is scary. Amazing that the Aztecs created a spirit for women like this – it makes so much sense. *shudders*

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