Xochiquetzal (Desire and Youth)- 36×48 Oils on Canvas

Xochiquetzal is an Aztec fertility godess and confessor. Ever youthful and beautiful, the patron of artists and prostitutes, she cares for women passing in childbirth and stillborn babies. she oversees a hell where winds are obsidian shards and hears the confessions of sinners as they repented by passing a straw through a piercing in their tongue at her temple. Xochiquetzal also encouraged sexual exploration and was portrayed as a feminine ideal, her purview is desire and sexuality. She is shown adorned with flowers and colors, a golden vulture mask and a nose plug. Her wings and the wings of any birds with her were portrayed bound, possibly relating to her kidnapping and forced marriage to Tezcatlipoca. Xochiquetzal translates as Feather Flower and it is suggested that she is the mother of Quetzalcoatl the eponymous feathered serpent of Aztec mythology.

 

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