“The Spirit is greater than all differences between languages, peoples, races, places, times. Even greater than the difference between life and death.”
—Luis Valdez, Founder of Teatro Chicano.
“Coatlicue,” (Primordial Earth Mother, Mexika) by Rodrigo R. Pimentel of Mexico – Coatlicue: Nahuatl: “She of the Serpent Skirt.“ Representation of the earth as both creator and of transmutation through death (plants, animals, humans, elements). Her face is of two fanged serpents and her skirt is of interwoven snakes that are a symbol of wisdom, cycles, transformation and the fertility of Mother Earth. Her breasts are those of a woman who has breastfed many children and her necklace is made up of hands, hearts, and a skull signifying her role as both lifegiver and transmuter of life and energy. She has many aspects, including that of Tlazolteotl and Tonantzin, who after the invasion of Mexico by Spain was called Our Lady of Guadalupe by the Catholic Church and whose appearance on the hill of Tepeyac from December 9-12, 1531, is celebrated today on those days with ceremonies and danza throughout Mexico and many places in the United States and most especially on December 12. Tonantzin Tlalli Ipalnemoani.