Today’s A to Z Challenge post is going to be a little different. I’m making a 24 hour temporary theme change from “Ladies I Love” to “Lady I’ve Barely Heard Of” because let’s face it – X is a freakin’ hard letter to deal with. And they throw it at us right near the end of the challenge? That’s pretty effed up, in my opinion. In fact, my friend Mich over at Sick B*tch (who is also doing the A to Z Challenge and who’s theme is “I am going to complain now”) says that X is a useless letter and I’m beginning to agree with her (in fact, Mich is not even writing posts for Q and X because they are that irrelevant). Think about it – you can pretty much make up all the X sounds with other letters. 26 is such a dumb number of letters to have in an alphabet anyway, so I’m petitioning to lower the number to a nice 25 (all the letters who will be included, please step forward…hold on there, not so fast, letter X!). But for the sake of not backing down from a challenge, here is today’s X post anyway.
I’ll bet you thought I was going to write about Xena, Warrior Princess, right? HA! WRONG!!! I’ve never even seen an episode of Xena, so I’m certainly not going to write about her. So today’s
Lady I Love Lady I’ve Barely Heard of is Xochiquetzal (pronounced “so chee ket zul”). Her name means “flower precious feathers”, and she is always followed by birds and butterflies (the Aztec version of the birds and the bees, maybe???). Xochiquetzal, a mythological Aztec goddess, is always depicted by a young, alluring woman richly garbed in flowers. She represents female beauty, fertility and sexual power, and is a protector of pregnant women, young mothers, and is the patroness of lovers and prostitutes (whew, that’s a lot). She was also one tough cookie – according to MexicoLore, she seduced a priest and turned him into a scorpion, just to show off her powers. She was celebrated in festivals every eight years…and hey…she sounds like a Lady that many people have Loved!
Below are a couple of depictions of Xochiquetzal from historic codex, which are drawings done on sheets of animal skins and folded up, accordion-style. These codices are thought to have been written before the Spanish conquest of Mexico.