Mictecacihuatl (Candle)

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Getting excited for Halloween/Dia De Los Muertos or just love Mictecacihuatl? Then this candle is for you! Designed from a watercolor painting that I did myself, this lovely candle pays homage to the ever popular Aztec goddess of death and the underworld.

This candle stands 8" tall and is 2" in diameter.
The last one of these I burned lasted approximately 85 hours.

The painting description:
Mictecacihuatl is typically depicted as a skeleton, and this rendition is no exception. She is also said to have a skirt made of serpents, but I admit I was rather attached to her pretty bones and didn't want to cover them overmuch, so I limited it to one snake. Her outfit is derived from an approximation of ancient Aztec attire, and a sort of nod to her eventual transformation; the original Lady Mic's defining clothing was her serpent skirt, but when she was more or less reincarnated into La Santisima Muerta she was more prone to wearing a robe (which, as I recall, looked like it had a fully fleshed out human underneath, but contained only her bones; she is more or less a female version of the more popular scythe wielding portrayal of death that is so well known today...). And of course she has some marigolds (a crimson one blooming in her hair, and another glowing orange-red one in her spindly skeletal fingers), since they were sacred to both Mictecacihuatl and La Santisima Muerte.

A little more about Mictecacihuatl:
Mictecacihuatl was the queen of the Aztec underworld, Mictlan. She was married to Mictlantecuhtli, similarly skeletal and fiercely intimidating (the Aztecs believed that the stars disappeared during the day because she swallowed them). She guarded over the bones of the dead. When the Spanish invaded, they wiped out as much of the Aztec culture as they could manage, including the worship of their gods, replacing them with their own faith. But as sometimes happens, some traditions just refuse to die, and the goddess of the dead was no exception. Like the serpent she associates herself with, and death itself, she transformed herself into a (completely unsanctioned by the Catholic Church) saint. La Santisima Murte shared many traits and associations with her previous form, such as her love of marigolds and tequila.

A little more about the Dia De Los Muertos:
Not only did Mictecacihuatl survive subjugation by the Spanish, she managed to bring her sacred holiday with her. Her original festival was celebrated in August, but the Spanish slid it further down the calendar to coincide with their own holidays to honor the dead. It is known today as the Dia De Los Muertos, and is still widely celebrated. The holiday is dedicated to honoring the dead, particularly those in one's own family and falls on October 31, and November 1-2.

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