Maya Mythology

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IXCHEL

Maya Childbirth Goddess

Also known as Ix Chel, Chak Chel, Chac Chel, IX-CHEBEL-YAX, GOD-O

Picture of the Maya Childbirth Goddess Ixchel from our Maya mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

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
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Ix Chel, Chak Chel, Chac Chel, IX-CHEBEL-YAX, GOD-O

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
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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