CHALCHIHUITLICUE – The Aztec goddess of lakes, streams, rivers and the ocean. She was also the patron goddess of birth, with the newly-born being soon after immersed in her waters to “cleanse” them. The diseased would often pray to Chalchihuitlicue for a cure before bathing in a body of water asking the goddess to wash away their illness. She was also considered the goddess of whirlpools, which the tectonics under Mesoamerica made fairly frequent back then. At Lake Texcoco in Pantitlan there was long ago a much more active whirlpool that the Aztecs would periodically sacrifice a young woman to in honor of Chalchihuitlicue.
The goddess wore a dress adorned with water lilies and a 200 ton statue of her was unearthed in what is now Mexico City. In various versions of Aztec myths Chalchihuitlicue is depicted as either the wife, sister or mother of Tlaloc, the rain god of the Aztecs and ruler of the Earthly paradise called Tlalocan. This paradise welcomed the souls of those people who were killed by lightning, drowning, leprosy and contagious diseases. Tlaloc controlled the rains, clouds and lightning.
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