Chiconquiahuitl

Chiconquiahuitl (seven rain) In Aztec ritual, a god who was impersonated by a slave during the feast of the god Xolotl Huetzi, the lord of the evening star. The slave who represented Chiconquiahuitl and slaves who represented other gods, such as Yacatecutli (he who goes first), Cauhtlaxayanh (eagle face), Coatlinahual (weresnake), and the goddess Chachalmecacihuatl (lady of the Chachalmec people), were “honored as if they had been the gods themselves,” according to Fray Diego Durán in his Book of the Gods and Rites (c. 1576), describing Aztec ritual. On the feast day the impersonators were “cast alive into the fire” and pulled out “half-roasted.” Their chests were then opened.

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Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow-Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante

Chiconquiahuitl (Seven Rain) An Aztec slave in costume who played the role of a god during feasts for Xolotl, lord of the evening star. Slaves taking the roles of gods on feast days were honored as if they were actually the gods. However, they may have been sacrificed at the end of the festivities.

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South and Meso-American Mythology A to Z – by Ann Bingham (Author) and Jeremy Roberts (Author)

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