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Literally, ‘golden bells’. According to the Aztecs, when earth serpent goddess Coatlicue was pregnant for the last time, her innumerable offspring were horrified. They were so convinced that their mother had committed some dreadful crime that they plotted to kill her before she could give birth. Coyolxauhqui disapproved and rushed ahead of her brothers and sisters to give warning. But from the great cave where Coatlicue dwelt the newly born Huitzilopochtli stormed, fierce and fully armed. He slew Coyolxauhqui and savaged the star children hard on her heels. After the fight, he returned to his mother who told him about his sister's goodness. So he cut off the head of Coyolxauhqui and threw it up into the heavens to become the moon, where the golden bells of her cheeks could still glitter.

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