In Aztec mythology
was the goddess of maize
and fertility. Every September, she received a sacrifice of young girl, decapitated. The sacrifice's blood was poured on a statue of Chicmecoatl and her skin was worn by a priest. She was thought of as a female counterpart to Centeotl
and was also called Xilonen ("the hairy one", which referred to the hairs on unshucked maize), who was married to Tezcatlipoca
She appeared as a tripartite goddess:
- young girl carrying flowers
- woman who brings death with her embraces.
- mother who uses the sun as a shield