Chantico

Chantico is the Aztec goddess of fire and hearth. As a hearth goddess, she was venerated in the home as well as in temples. She is a guardian spirit who protects whatever is valuable and precious. In 1519, after the arrival of the Conquistadores and accompanying missionaries, Chantico’s primary votive image was secretly buried to keep it safe. Chantico is associated with health, fertility, wealth, and abundance.

ALSO KNOWN AS:

Xantico

ORIGIN:

Aztec

Manifestations:

As a woman and as fire

ATTRIBUTE:

Cactus spines

ANIMAL:

Red snake

Plant:

Theobroma cacao, better known as chocolate

OFFERINGS:

Ideally light a hearth fire; if not possible, light candles or maintain a fire in an iron cauldron; cacao beans; molé sauce; Chantico drinks Mexican-style hot chocolate. Starbucks named a deluxe chocolate drink after this goddess: serve her something comparable.

SEE ALSO:

  • Huitzilopochtli

SOURCE:

Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

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