Having looked at the Colt of Neith and Sobek with regards to the Cult of the
in Ancient Egypt and how that provided a basis for the Atlantis Flood Myth of Plato as related from Sais, i want to look here at a
quite close equivalent of the Mayan of the Yucatan and region of Isla Mujeres, that of Ixchel
, were the
contemporary underwater statues have been created, the island of women, were in the absence of an actual sunken Atlantis one has been created.
In the early 16th century, Maya women seeking to ensure a fruitful marriage
would travel to the sanctuary of Ix Chel on the island of Cozumel, the most important place of pilgrimage after Chichen Itza, off the east coast of
the Yucatán peninsula.
To the north of Cozumel is a much smaller island baptized by its Spanish discoverer, Hernández de Córdoba, the 'Island of Women' (Isla Mujeres)
"because of the idols he found there, of the goddesses of the country, Ixchel, Ixchebeliax, Ixhunie, Ixhunieta
The Cult of Ixchel is similar in many ways to that of Neith of the Fayum, with regards to her association with weaving and the pouring out and
management of the flood waters, and with regards to giving birth, were water is life.
These carvings were the product of the Mayan worship of the goddess Ixchel.
The Mayans built a temple to the Goddess Ixchel at the South-eastern most tip of the island and within this temple they incorporated an
Ixchel was the Mayan Goddess of the Moon and childbirth and was closely associated with the sophisicated Mayan astronomical readings taken here and
The rabbit seen with Ixchel is of the exact same derivation as the Jade Rabbit of Chinese myth, it is as seen on the Moon, she isn't a Moon Goddess as
such, and her water pouring qualities relate to the Dragon of the Earth, more the principle of the Earth and Moon acting in harmony.
Referring to the early 16th-century, Landa calls Ixchel “the goddess of
making children He also mentions her as the goddess of medicine, as shown by the following.
In the month of Zip, the feast Ihcil Ixchel was celebrated by the physicians and shamans and divination stones as well as medicine bundles containing
little idols of "the goddess of medicine whom they called Ixchel" were brought forward
In the Ritual of the Bacabs, Ixchel is once called 'grandmother In their combination, the goddess's two principal qualities birthing and
There were at least two aspects to this Goddess, and it's perhaps more the case that the elder is Ix Chebel Yax, that she is associated with the
colour red and the younger sister is a white Goddess, in some ways perhaps similar to the White Nile of Upper Egypt and the lower Red Nile, were the
white is younger and fresher.
The Two faces of Ixchel
Assuming that the name originated in Yucatán, chel could mean "rainbow". Her
glyphic names in the codices have two basic forms, one a prefix with the primary meaning of "red" (chak) followed by a pictogram, the other one
logosyllabic. Ix Chel's Classic name glyph remains to be identified.
It is quite possible that several names were in use to refer to the goddess, and these need not necessarily have included her late Yucatec and Poqom
name. Her codical name is now generally rendered as 'Chak Chel'. The designation 'Red Goddess' seems to have a complement in the designation of the
young goddess I as 'White Goddess'.
There was probably also a Black sister to form a Triad, as there are associations with death and sacrifice, that the flood waters could cause the end
of the world as well as new beginings, and there is a somewhat cynical suggestion that she gave birth in order to create potential victims!
In the Dresden Codex, goddess O occurs in almanacs dedicated to the rain
deities or Chaacs and is stereotypically inverting a water jar. On the famous page 74 originally preceding the New Year pages, her emptying of the
water jar replicates the vomiting of water by a celestial dragon.
Although this scene is usually understood as the Flood bringing about the world's and the year's end, it might also represent the dramatic onset of
the rainy season. The image of the jar filled with rain water may derive from the sac holding the amniotic liquid; turning the jar would then be
equivalent to birthgiving.
A God she is associated with is the rain God Chaac, and their relationship to the Cenote underground water networks, in some ways Chaac the equivalent
of Sobek in Egypt perhaps, which was born of Neith, were the cosmic Dragont is an aspect of Ixchel.
More than 100 years ago in 1890 in the ancient colonial settlement of Ecab
(Boca Iglesia) at the northern tip of Quintana Roo, several fishermen , discovered three "sister" statues of the Virgin. They were carved out of wood
with their hands and face made out of porcelain.
And so it was said, each one of the fishermen believing so strongly in the Catholic religion carried a Virgin to his own village. It was also said
that the Spaniards had brought the "sisters" to Ecab many years before in about 1770. On Isla Mujeres the Virgin's first shrine was a small palm and
wood Chapel and at a later date moving "Her" to the place that "She" presently occupies in the church was not easy. More than eight men could scarcely
lift her…upon finally moving "Her", the small palm chapel burned down completely to the astonishment of all those present. It is said that the
Virgin walks on the water around the island from dusk to dawn looking for her "sisters"
As can be seen statues of three sister Goddesses were discovered and i do expect the cult had the triple aspect, and attempt was made to incorporate
them into the Catholic shrines which doesn't always seemed to have gone to well, Ixchel struggling to adapt to the role of the Virgin Mary, but i
think the cults of Hathor-Neith-Isis would be more compatible.
History of Isla Mujeres
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