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Coatlicue by Cangrejo-Volador Coatlicue by Cangrejo-Volador
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.
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AvantGardePony Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is really good, but you got a couple bits wrong.. Mostly that her face is supposed to be made of the snakes (from when her head got cut off) and her boobs are supposed to be saggy...
Cangrejo-Volador Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
yeah, its more of a reinterpretation, I tried to keep part of the simbolism, if I had kept it all literal it may have comed out more monster like.

Tho I dont think it takes away from it, its like Quetzalcoatl, you can find him wearing his Duck face mask in human form, featheres serpent or even Xiuhcoatl form, its still the same God.

Thanks for the comment :)
AvantGardePony Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's very true and a good point about Quetzalcoatl. Keep up the good art =3
Solaren Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist
congrats great job!!
AB666 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Muy buen dibujo, me encanto la diosa Tierra :D felicidades!! por cierto, vi tu dibujo en una pagina que habla sobre Coatlicue, digo, por si no lo sabias ;)
medusczka Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Wow, está increible tu trabajo, me gusta mucho. Felicidades!
Musicali Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Wow! I was reading Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands/ La Frontera and googled to find a picture of Coatlicue. It is different interpretation, one that shows beauty rather than "monsterous attributes" that have been given to her over time by the Aztexa-Mexica culture and the Spaniards. I love it! Beautiful!
pitercr Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Flying-Glove Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! I like how you put the drawing over the statue. Very cool!!
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