X: Xilonen

X: Xilonen

Xilonen is one of the myriad Aztec gods and goddesses associated with the lifecycle of corn. Her name comes from the word xilotl, meaning a young, tender ear of maize, making her the goddess of young corn. Xilonen’s festival was celebrated in summer. As part of her festival, a young woman who resembled the goddess would be chosen to represent her. This woman would then be painted and adorned to further resemble the goddess. Finally, she would be ritually killed and her heart carved from her chest.