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:
As a woman and as fire
Theobroma cacao, better known as chocolate
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.
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.