Basic Information

Translation: 'she-of-the-serpent-skirt' or 'serpent-skirt'
Type/Species: Dragon Beast / Draconic Hybrid
Origin: Aztec Mythology

About Coatlicue

Sometimes, Coatlicue was represented as a woman. More often, however, she wore a skirt of snakes, and she had two dragon heads. She was the goddess of duality of nature. She sometimes is also depicted with a heart necklace and claws.

Coatlicue also represented maternal fertility. She was the mother of Huitzilopochtli. When she became pregnant with Huitzilopochtli, her children (centzon huitznahua) were outraged, and they prepared to make war upon their mother. They were led by Coyolxauhqui.

Needless, to say, Coatlicue was afraid, but a voice from her womb told her not worry. She gave birth to Huitzilopochtli, a fully grown and dressed warrior. Using his xiucoatl (serpent of lightning), he fought off his siblings and killed Coyolxauhqui. [1]

Coatlicue symbolizes nature for the Aztecs.

Physical Description

She was primarily a human woman. However, she sometimes had a skirt made of snakes along with two dragon heads. [1]


  1. Macmillion Profiles: Myths and Legends

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