Aztec Godess of the earth and the duality of life and death.
Coatlicue, She who Wears the Serpent Skirt, is a unique figure, even in Mesoamerica. The Aztecs recognize her both as a serpentine form of the Earth Mother, and more importantly as the mother of their patron deity Huitzilopochtli, the war god who brought the Aztecs to the island in Lake Texcoco from which they would build their empire. Coatlicue had unintentionally conceived Huitzilopochtli by tucking a blue feather in her skirt - this new conception would offend her 400 children, who would conspire to kill their mother. With a reassurance from the god in her womb, she stood at the Serpent Mountain Coatepec and awaited their approach. Huitzilopochtli would then emerge, fully armed, and he would kill all the brothers and sisters ready to slaughter him and his mother.