Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Quotes from _The Flower and the Scorpion_ #32
"A priest recorded the following incantation in Nahuatl from a 1620s idolatry investigation: "Come fire, come water, come incense. Come you, Tlazolteteo,... come see me, night tlazolli, white tlazolli, green tlazolli. I have come. I am the priest.... Beware of rising up against me." The curer then harnessed the power of the Tlazolteteo (the plural of Tlazolteotl), the trash goddesses, to cure the patient of his illness, an unnamed disease coming from sexual activity, represented here as tlazolli. In fact they had pluralized her-likely likely signifying that these commoners viewed Tlazolteotl as a composite of a series of deities. In other texts recorded in these investigations, the trash goddesses also mandated the growth of maize and performed their role as goddesses of childbirth."