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
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Ix Chel, Chak Chel, Chac Chel, IX-CHEBEL-YAX, GOD-O
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Birth
Area of expertise: Childbirth
Associated with: Moon
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 628
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Article last revised on April 17, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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