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IXCHEL

Picture of the Mayan Childbirth Goddess IXCHEL from our Mayan mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Mayan Childbirth Goddess

Also known as IX-CHEL, CHAC-CHEL, IX-CHEBEL-YAX, GOD-O

Moon Goddess of Pregnant Women

She is a mother deity specializing in pregnancy and childbirth. And also, we are delighted to report, rainbows. How sweet. IXCHEL is also known as God O. (Or rather, Goddess O.) O is obviously for Obstetrics.

She invented weaving and, being partly waterfall herself, takes charge of downpours. Her hair is very snaky — it’s made from real snakes.

If humans upset her she can get very grumpy. If you see her wearing her crossbones skirt and writhing serpent hair, do try not to be noticed.

Although known as a moon goddess, she has earth aspects too, and refuses to be placed in any category. According to some sources she is also the mother of the BACABS.

The girlfriend of Sun God ITZAMNA, she is knocking on a bit and seems red-faced and wrinkly just like him. She’s into all the crafts: weaving, watercolors and probably bottles her own chutney.

IXCHEL FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : IXCHEL
Location : Mesoamerica
Gender : Female
Type : deity
In charge of : Birth
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Associated with : Moon
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : IX-CHEL, CHAC-CHEL, IX-CHEBEL-YAX, GOD-O
Popularity index : 19396
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Article last updated on 17 April 2013 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "IXCHEL: Goddess of Childbirth from Mayan mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 17 Apr. 2013. Web. 31 August 2014.

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