(urth) Aztec Moon Goddess = Wolfe Inspiration?

brunians at brunians.org brunians at brunians.org
Tue Nov 10 10:00:21 PST 2009

Mexico is in North America. It is near 'the region' in the same sense that
Ireland is near Kenya.

Catherine is obviously St Catherine of Alexandria:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03445a.htm .

I note that both Mexico and Argentina are Catholic countries, but that
Mexican Catholicism is a lot more American Indian than the version current
in Argentina. There are plenty of worshippers of Guadalupe who are only
nominally Christian if that.

The website that you point at is not notably accurate. Here is the famous
image of Coyolxauhqui from Templo Mayor:


There are definitely resemblances between Coyolxauhqui and St Catherine,
and there may be a bit of influence, but they are obviously different

St Catherine is a celestial, whose feast is celebrated on November 25.
What constellation stands on the heliacal horizon on November 25? What
constellation stood there 2000 years ago or so?

I am unable, currently, to discover the date of the feast of Coyolxauhqui,
or if it took place in the context of the 365 day year, or of the of the
260 day / 52 year ceremonial calendar.


> Hi,
> I'm not very good at framing these thoughts well but here is a question
> for the list.  I have scanned the archives but didn't find this mentioned.
> Catherine/Katherine the patroness of the guild is represented by a maid
> who is decapitated every year.
> There are theories as to her relation to Severian; most notably because of
> the quote where her face is described as like a reflection in a
> pool of water by moonlight [paraphrased].
> So, two data points:
> *	associated with moon
> *	decapitated ritually
> Also, the action on Urth is mostly set around the commonwealth which is in
> some sense South America (and other areas)
> So, further data point:
> *	South American influence
> Finally, Severian is a solar deity and so one would expect any sisters or
> his mother to have a connection to the sun
> *	relation to sun god
> So how about this:
> http://atheism.about.com/od/aztecgodsgoddesses/p/Coyolxauhqui.htm
> She is:
> *	Aztec (OK, this is Mexico I know but it is close to the region)
> *	Goddess of the Moon
> *	Sister of the Sun
> *	Was ritually decapitated in mythology and source of inspiration for
> ritual decapitations in the Aztec religion.
> Think she could be an inspiration for Wolfe?
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