Black Madonnas
Black Madonnas
   Throughout the history of Christianity, these icons depicting the feminine aspect with darker skin have been most associated with miracles. While best known for her aspects as mother, healer, and icon of justice and compassion these compelling icons do not deny their inherent duality and thus also embody the very Aztec concept that for life there must be death. 


creator destroyer goddess of the creation story

According to the Histoyre du Mechique, Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl agree that they can't continue with their re-creation of the world with her around, so they decide to destroy her. Transforming into two great serpents, one snake seizes her left hand and right foot while the other seizes her right hand and left foot. They then rip the monster apart - her upper body becoming the earth and her lower half is thrown into the sky to create the heavens.

This act of violence angers the other gods, and in order to console the earth, it is decided that all plants needed for human life will be created out of her body. The trees, flowers, & herbs come from her hair. The grasses and smaller flowers come form her skin. The mountain ridges and valleys are made from her nose. Her eyes become the source of wells, springs and small caves, while her mouth becomes the source for great rivers and caverns. It is said she still screams for blood during the night & can only be soothed with sacrificial flesh and blood.

TLAZOLTEOTL  (Lust-Goddess):  Goddess of sex, with earth and lunar attributes. Tlaz-ol-TE-otl
She was the "eater of sins" to whom the Aztecs confessed their transgressions. Also known as Toci (grandmother), Teteo Innan (mother of the gods), Ixcuina (Four-face) Eater of filth, devourer of sins, goddess of witches and witchcraft.[Tlazolteotl] Mother of the corn god

Tlazolteotl has power over all forms of unclean behavior, usually sexual. Confessing sins to Tlazolteotl, one is cleansed. The goddess has four forms or aspects, corresponding to the phases of the moon: a young and carefree temptress, the lover of Quetzalcoatl; the Goddess of gambling and uncertainty; the Great Priestess who consumes and destroys the sins of mankind; and frightful old crone, persecutor and destroyer of youth.

(other names include
CHALCHIHUITLCUE, Ixquina and Tlaelquani)
  Lady Precious Green, Aztec goddess of spring the underworld and non-procreative sexuality. Personification of youthful beauty, vitality and violence.  The whirlpool, theDownload wind on the waters, all young and growing things, the beginning of life and creation. Every eight years a feast was held in her honor where the celebrants wore animal and flower masks.

Her husband was water god Tlaloc until Tezcatlipoca, Lord of the Smoking Mirror, kidnapped her and brought her to the Nine Heavens where he made her the Goddess of Love. At one point, she was also married to Centeotl and her twin was Xochipilli

She was followed by a retinue consisting of birds and butterflies. Worshippers wore animal and flower masks at a festival, held in her honor every eight years.

 In some illustrations she is shown holding the head of Tlazolteotl, the goddess of the witches, between her legs. Others she is depicted as wearing a blue tunic woven with flowers a garland of  green feathers and red and yellow flowers and golden earplugs and pendants.

She had a beautiful garden and was an unparalleled beauty herself. Anyone who touched a flower from her garden became a passionate lover. The Aztecs, who had a passionate love of flowers, associated them with poetry, art, symbolism. music, sport, love and sexuality.

Marigolds are still offered to her today and to the dead whom she protects on Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead. Other sacred symbols are spiders signifying the art of weaving and the interrelatedness of all life and thorns used to pierce the ears and other parts of the body during penance.

She is associated with same-sex desire both male and female as well as transgenderism and has become an important patron of gay rights in Latin America. 

TONANTZIN (to-Nant-zin)
 "Our Venerable Mother,"

TONANTZIN (to-Nant-zin) "Our Venerable Mother," a mother  goddess often described as earth goddess but  actually broader as understood as synonymous with the feminine aspect.

The grounds of the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadelupe in Mexico City -- also called La Villa de Guadelupe -- is the site of the largest pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary in the world, an estimated 12 million people each year.
Story of a pilgrimage to the church/shrine by an American

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

 Christianity owes its acceptance in Mexico to the Lady of Guadalupe. Before she appeared as an apparition to Juan Diego they had only a few hundred converts and human sacrifice was still practiced as it had been for thousands of years.  She also appeared as a beautiful Aztec princess speaking the native language

It is believed that our Lady of Guadalupe used the Aztec Nahuatl word of coatlaxopeuh which is pronounced "quatlasupe" and sounds remarkably like the Spanish word Guadalupe. Coa meaning serpent, tla being the noun ending which can be interpreted as "the", while xopeuh means to crush or stamp out. So Our Lady must have called herself the one "who crushes the serpent."

 also known as the Empress of the Americas symbol of national and ethnic identity

The tilma itself is made from the fibers of the maguey plant and does not last more than 25-40 years, yet after nearly 500 years, the original tilma can still be found in perfect condition in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Tepeyac.  Scientific studies have determined that the image is not painted.  The colors used to make the image cannot be identified by science.

The stars may be a sign of the supernatural character of the image. Research published in 1983 by Fr. Mario rojas Sanchez and  Dr. Juan Homero Hernandez Guadalupe Illescas of Mexico claims the stars are in the position of the winer solistice the dawn before December 12, 2003

In her manifestation as saint, Guadalupe appeared on the hill of Tepeyac, the site of a destroyed temple to the Aztec Earth Goddess.  She did not chose a Spaniard, nor did she chose a clergyman to declare herself.  She chose to show herself to a recently converted indigenous man and spoke to him in the ancient Nahuatl language.  The name, Guadalupe, is not a Nahuatl name.

"Her message was beautiful and simple. She told him that she wanted a church to be built in her honor on this hill, wherein she would receive and compassionately console all her suffering children. For this purpose she sent Juan Diego to the Bishop of Mexico, the Friar Minor, Don Juan de Zumarraga, to present to him her request. Though he was most faithful in his mission, the lowly messenger was not believed.
Finally, Our Lady gave him a sign to take to the Bishop, a bouquet of flowers that she had caused to springDownload miraculously from the hilltop's frozen winter soil. And, to leave absolutely no doubt that it was indeed she, the Mother of God, who requested this church, she left imprinted on the face of the Indian's cloak, in which as an apron he had carried the miraculous sign into the prelate's presence, a full length color portrait of herself, just as the Indian had seen her. The tilma and its image can be seen to this very day in the cathedral of Mexico City."
Brother Michael, "Our Lady of Guadalupe," originally appeared in "From the Housetops, a Catholic quarterly magazine, posted online at the Saint Benedict Center 1997-1999

December 12 on the Roman Catholic Calendar is the feast day in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe
 supersite devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe Patroness of the Americas

The Symbolism of the Image
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 [F] Original Story of the Lady of Guadelupe Apparition

The Feast of Coatlaxopeuh
 The Underground of Our Lady of Guadalupe
 Nuestra Senora la Virgen de Guadalupe

is among the best known most  symbols representing the presence of the black madonna. Throughout the history of Christianity, these icons depicting the feminine aspect with darker skin have been most associated with miracles. While best known for her aspects as mother, healer, and icon of justice and compassion she is also seen as a goddess of destruction when presented as Kali or Coatlique
Her place in other spiritual
The Overlay of Catholicism on Pagan Religions by
 Nia MacMannon

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I am black but beautiful
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