Chalchiuhtlicue

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Chalchiuhtlicue in Aztec art
Chalchiuhtlicue depicted on Orbanian bracelet

Earth Culture of Origin

Aztec

Alternate Names / Spellings

None. Chalchiuhtlicue means She of the Jade Skirt.

Presides Over

Goddess of lakes, streams, springs, oceans, rivers, rain; also youth, beauty, love, childbirth and marriage. Protector of children because of the water that breaks during the birth process.

Personal Symbols

She is seen sometimes as a river where on one bank grows a prickly pear.

Earth Mythological References

According to the Aztecs, the world we live in is the Fifth World. At the behest of her husband, Tlaloc, god of rain, Chalchiuhtlicue unleashed a flood to punish the wicked and destroyed the Fourth World. This goddess prefers sacrifices of flowers to human victims, despite the destruction she caused to humanity as an act of purification. She reveals her rage in the form of whirlwinds and hurricanes.

Stargate References

Chalchiuhtlicue was actually seen in the series, but mentioned by Daniel Jackson after a temple to her was discovered in the Orban culture. The Goa’uld were on this planet as recently as the last few centuries, though it was unknown why they left. Artifacts and temples left behind connected the Orban culture to Teotihuacan, a city in pre-Columbian South America — a cultural mecca bigger than ancient Rome. This city suffered a massive upheaval around 750 AD, possibly caused by the Goa’uld.

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--Mel 11:52, 9 Jan 2005 (PST)