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An Aztec mother goddess who created both the Earth and mankind.  She is the female aspect of the supreme deity Ometeotl,  and the patron goddess of florist.  Coatlicue is shown in ancient works of art as a humanlike being wearing a skirt fashioned from serpents.   According to mythology,  she was beheaded by her own children.  Her sons (all four hundred of them) are the stars of the southern sky.

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