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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Coyolxauhqui ReMembers: The Aztec Moon Goddess or How Five Artists Crossed Interdisciplinary Borders to Talk Aztec

In 1978, a huge stone monument representing the dismembered Coyolxauhqui was unearthed in Mexico City and the story of the moon goddess emerged with it, which “…led directly to the most important Aztec archaeological discovery of all times” (M. Coe, 1984). The myth recounts the story of Coyolxauhqui who attempted to kill her pregnant mother, the earth goddess, Coatlicue. She feared something evil was developing within her mother’s womb. As she came upon Coatlicue, the fetus Huitzilopochtli sprang forth as a full-grown warrior, dismembering his sister. The earth goddess regretted this act of violence by her son, the new war god. To appease his mother, Huitzilopochtli threw Coyolxauhqui’s remains into the sky where she became the ever-changing phases of the moon. This myth has been interpreted as a story of empowerment through action and has involved crossing several interdisciplinary borders. This performance/paper will lead its listeners through the various crossings.

Presenter: Juanita Suarez (Faculty)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Strasser Dance Studio
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)