Tlaltecuhtli

    Another monument which exhibits multiple similarities to the massive Coatlicue is one of Tlaltecuhtli. The two deities have already been related, as the Coatlicue features a low relief of Tlaltecuhtli on its underside, but they also share aspects of iconography. Both deities raise their arms in similar positions with similar wristbands. They both wear necklaces of alternating hands and hearts—though Tlaltecuhtli’s does not feature a skull. They also both wear similar serpent belts and skull aprons on their backs.[10] The male and female earth deities contrast each other in not only gender, but symbolism. Tlaltecuhtli features fewer instances of death imagery, as his necklace does not include a skull and he is shown with a head, unlike the decapitated Coatlicue. It is interesting to compare these two, as they are both earth deities, but the earth deity representing the mother represents death more outwardly than the non-life-giving-mother figure.

 
 
 
 
 

[10] Boone, "The 'Coatlicues,'" 194.