Xochiquetzal represented the first of four stages of Aztec development,
a world of flowers, beauty and new awakening.
Xochiquetzal resided in a heavenly paradise of gardens and fountains.
Here she was attended by a host of deities, and entertained by a retinue
of musicians and acrobats who were also able to paint, spin and weave
The Aztecs also worshipped her as the goddess of spinning.
As goddess of Love, Xochiquetzal was also linked to several other gods.
There was an uglier side to her nature and, as goddess of the Underworld,
she could also be destructive and dangerous.