Ixchel

A statue of the Mayan Moon Goddess, Ixchel. Known as the Young Goddess of Light, she is the goddess of fertility and motherhood. We purchased this statue from Ancient Impressions.

Wearing the elaborate headdress of the Jaguar Storm God Chac with large Lightning Serpents curling down her back, Ixchel is depicted in the act of giving birth. She carries the sacred gourd symbolic of the womb and from which “poured the earth and the stars.”

Known as the Young Goddess of Light, Ixchel is the name of the jaguar goddess of midwifery and medicine in the Mayan culture. Ixchel is associated with the moon, and is also the goddess of fertility and motherhood.

In Mayan mythology Ixchel was originally married to the earth god Voltan, but while married to Voltan Ixchel fell in love with the moon god Itzamna. After becoming Itzamna’s consort she gave birth to thirteen children, four of whom were the powerful brothers known as the Bacabs, who were responsible for supporting the sky at the four cardinal points of the compass.

Identification and imagery

Depending on the era of the imagery Ixchel will be depicted as either an attractive young woman with long, dark hair or as an older, plump woman.

Modern times

Modern or more recent depictions of Ixchel will likely show her as an attractive young woman with long, dark hair. She will often be seated on, or be positioned near, a rainbow.

Ancient times

Older or more traditional depictions will show Ixchel as an older, plump woman. She will often have jaguar ears, carrying a water jug and will be associated with a serpent headpiece.

References

Encyclopaedia Mythica

Encyclopaedia Brittanica

Ancient History Encyclopaedia

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