Malinalli Myth

Malinalli (Grass) is Aztec calendar  day  is governed by Patecatl(the Land of Medicines a god of healing and fertility) as its provider of  life energy and is ruled by Mayahuel, Goddess of the Maguey ,Pulque and of fertility. Protector of mature wombs that turn into life.

Malinalli day signifies tenacity, rejuvenation, that which cannot be uprooted forever. Malinalli is a day for persevering against all odds and for creating alliances that will survive the test of time. It is a good day for those who are suppressed, a bad day for their suppressors.



Mayahuel  is the goddess of the maguey(Agave) plant and of fertility. Protector of mature wombs that turn into life. Mayahuel was the Aztec goddess a very beautiful young girl. She had been kept hidden in the furthermost corners of the universe by the goddess Tzitzímitl.


Tzitzímitl was a fearful goddess. She loved human hearts so very much that she wore them as a headpiece and also as a necklace. She was truly feared by the Aztecs because a prophecy said that during a solar eclipse, when the moon would swallow the sun, Tzitzímitl would come unto the earth and devour all of humanity. Mayahuel was very unhappy living in the corners of the universe with only the fearful goddess, her grandmother. She longed to escape, and be free.



One day, Ehecatl, the serpent god of the wind, went to explore the furthermost corners of the universe and spotted Mayahuel. He fell in love with this young girl and curled his breezy soft body around her. Mayahuel, felt the soft ruffling caress of Ehecatl and was enchanted. She loved being lifted up in the air and softly balanced the clouds. She fell in love with Ehecatl.

Every night, Ehecatl would visit Mayahuel and transport her in a soft flow of air to wonderful corners of the universe that neither had ever visited before. In the air, their bodies became one and they were lovers for life. Tzitzímitl had many demons who were helping her guard Mayahuel and she soon found out that the young maiden was being secretly visited by the god of the wind. She was furious. She decided to take Mayahuel to a secret hiding place. Ehecatl, who had been floating around Tzitzímitl as she was giving instructions to her demons, heard what she was plotting and silently rushed towards Mayahuel. He envelopped her in a gust of powerful wind and floated down to the earth with Tzitzímitl and the cohort of demons in hot pursuit. Ehecatl felt trapped. He felt he could not protect Mayahuel against the goddess and the demons. The lovers embraced and as their bodies melted, they fused into a plant that looked a lot like a tree. One side of the plant(tree) was the feminine side, Mayahuel, the other side was masculine and corresponded to Ehecatl.

The maguey (Agave) was born.

agaveThe lovers hoped that in becoming the new plant, they would be able to escape from Tzitzímitl and the demons. However, there was no forest to hide in, and the plant stood proud and majestic on the deserted landscape. They were soon spotted by the demons. Tzitzímitl cursed the plant and wielding a large machete broke it in half, forever separating the lovers. The demons then chopped the plant into pieces and cooked it making a broth of the leaves and the pulp.

After the demons had left, little bits of Ehecatl lay scattered on the ground. However, as Ehecatl was a serpent god, the bits slithered towards each other and became the serpent nature of the god. Ehecatl thus lived again as a serpent, to search the ground in search for the bits of the plant that were Mayahuel. The serpent found little bits of Mayahuel here and there and planted them. He then flew to the sky and convinced Tlaloc, the god of the rain, to send some clouds from time to time, to look over Mayahuel. Soon, the Mayahuel came back to life, transformed as a mague(today known as Agave) which became the symbol of the love between Ehecatl and Mayaguel.