why is the aztec moon goddess, Coyolxauhqui, considered a feminist figure?

Porque consideran la diosa azteca, Coyolxauhqui, un symbolo feminista?
I know she’s the aztec moon goddess, and she convinced her 400 brothers to murder her mother for having an affair and conceiving a child.The child is born a warrior and rips Coyolxauhqui into pieces, sending her head to the sky which became the moon.
I’ve tried to find more info, but from this I can only guess as to why she’s considered a feminist figure, any ideas?

2 thoughts on “why is the aztec moon goddess, Coyolxauhqui, considered a feminist figure?

  1. Some interesting metaphors about it:

    “It is important to note that Alma Lopez stages the sacrificial pieta across the ancient Aztec stone sculpture that depicts the goddess Coyolxauhqui. (11) Since the 1980s, Chicana artists, writers, and critics have emphasized Coyolxauhqui as the symbol of identity reclamation. For feminists, she represents recovery of the physical and intellectual body, earlier mutilated by sexist attitudes against women’s pleasure and power. For Mexicanas and Chicanas, she embodies the Indigenous concept of spirituality dismembered by colonizing powers. According to ancient Aztec mythology, Coyolxauhqui was daughter of the earth goddess Coatlique and sister of Huitzilopochtli, the sun warrior with whom she was to share power. Unwilling to share his power, Huitzilopochtli mutilated his sister Coyolxauhqui and threw her body to the base of Coatlique’s temple at Coatepec. As depicted in the Mexica sculpture, Coyolxauhqui’s body has been mutilated by her brother and torn asunder. In Lopez’s image, her body becomes a space re-membered as a site for the testing of desire’s limits, a terrain for sacrifice and re-making, a place of empathetic engagement.

    Alma Lopez and the other artists of the collective known as L.A. Coyotas developed from their collective research an in-depth understanding of Chicana theorist Gloria Anzaldua’s call to re-member the body. Anzaldua’s symbolic reconstitution of the female body seeks to heal the wounds of degradation wrought by racist and sexist actions. In numerous writings, Anzaldua urges Chicanas to bring forth the memory of the fragmented body of Coyolxauhqui, which serves as a metaphor for the historical indigena/mestiza body. Anzaldua refers to personal struggles undertaken through the creative process of self-reflection as a kind of dismemberment, or fragmentation of the body that can prompt new introspection and renewed awareness. The writer asserts that only after a stage of breaking apart or of alienation can the artist enter into a new consciousness and experience life differently. Empathy, an empowering tool for social change, can be wrought out of experiences of marginalization. Anzaldua “urges us to piece together the corpse and give it life, to demand that the ‘exiled body and exiled emotions be re-membered.'” (12)”

  2. Stop reading that trashy literature.

    There is and always has been only one God. The God, our Maker.

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