Coyolxauhqui Picture

Your own children will turn against you.
Your Children will raise up and kill!
In the ancient Mexica Cosmology/Mythology/Religion, Coyolxauhqui is a goddess associated with the moon and a leader to the Centzonhuitznahua ("four hundred southerners"), and sister to the god of war and patron of Mexico and war-god, Huitzilopochtli. Coyolxauhqui is most famous, alongside her brothers, for the attempt on killing their mother, Coatlicue the terrible Earth goddess, after she became pregnant (some say, from a ball of feathers) and eventually gave birth to Huitzilopochtli, who was born as a fully grown and fully armed adult through no father. After giving birth to Huitzilopochtli in the region of Coatepec ("Snake mountain"), Coatlicue has been defended by her newly born son from her children, as the Centzonhuitznahua, including their sister, Coyolxauhqui, have been slain by Huitzilopochtli. In Coyolxauhqui's case, as the Mexica folks use to say, she's been dismembered, and her body has become the moon, or rather associated to it.

This depiction of the goddess (from my latest sketchbook), however, has no intention in being historical, and is rather a loosely-based incarnation of her, concerning more the character from the CUETZPALIN Mythos which will be inspired by her than the deity acknowledged by the Mexica itself (for example, her over-stylized macahuitl has few to do with the Mexica culture, save the inspiration). In the CUETZPALIN Mythos, Coyolxauhqui has been the immortal Cihuateotl (goddess) of altepetl Coatepec since the foundation of the Aztec Confederation in the 12th Century before the birth of the Centzonmimixcoa (41st Century before Iesu), and as an apprentice of Itzpapalotl, ruler of Tamoanchan and leader of the Tzitzimimeh, has gained alongside her kind -the mammalian Centzonhuitznahua- more influence than Teoyaqminqui & her kind, the Cihuacoatl, over Coatepec. The relations between Coatepec, the Centzonhuitznahua, and other aztecs from the Confederation, however, would get messy in a major era of galactic conflicts known as Topakhon Wars (1st to 12th Centuries after the birth of the Centzonmimixcoa, 29th to 17th Centuries before Iesu), as Coyolxauhqui and the Centzonhuitznahua have rebelled against the decisions of altepetl Yaoyotepetl's Teotl Huitzopoca, as well the decisions of other gods, in sending Aztec warriors to fight a foreigner war just for recognition, even after a failed campaign on Xibalba. Huitzopoca's pride, however, wouldn't be hurt by the goddess, and he'd rather use the political influence of a then humble Cihuacoatl, Coatlicue, to justify a massacre against his brothers & sisters and to make sure the Aztec Confederation would keep its position in the war. That would be regretted by several warriors, but the careless gods didn't care for cannon-fodder, just for their own petty pride, and by the end of the war, Coyolxauhqui had died brutally, but the memory of her rebellion against her mother, as well the expulsion of Itzpapalotl from Tamoanchan, would spark a bigger rebellion against the Aztec Confederation, years to come. The memory of Coyolxauhqui wouldn't be forgotten, no matter how the corrupt Huitzopoca, God of wind (Ehecatl, or as he prefers to call, "breath/air/spirit [Ihíyotl] in motion [Ollin]"), war (Yaoyotl) and blood (Atl-Tlachinolli, literally "sacred water") sacrifice, wanted to twist it to justify his political position. Actually, despite an act of reckless fighting, the demise of the Centzonhuitznahua has been also a clear act of cowardice and despair by the god of war (showing how he cares a lot about what other people think about or threat him), and those details are ever-useful in the fight against him.

(The quote on the top of the description is from the lyrics of Grendel's "The Judged Ones", from the album Harsh Generation, released in 2007. It has suited very well both the concept of the character and the Centzonhuitznahua, as well the entire drawing proccess).
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