Festival of Xilonen

Xilonen, Festival of

Eight days beginning on June 22
This ancient Aztec festival was held in honor of Xilonen, the goddess of maize (corn); she is also known as Chicomecoatl. Like many other Aztec ceremonies, this one involved human sacrifice. Each night unmarried girls formed a procession to a temple carrying young green corn as an offering to the goddess. They wore their hair long and loose, which represented their unmarried status and also may have been suggestive of the long tassles of ripe corn. A slave girl was chosen to represent the goddess and dressed to resemble her. On the last night she was sacrificed in a ceremony for Xilonen.
SOURCES:
CelebNature-1969, p. 137
DictFolkMyth-1984, p. 216
GodsSymbAncMex-1993, p. 60
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