While the dominant Aztec world-view during La Malinche’s time was fiercely patriarchal, an ancient sense of matriarchy underpins a majority of images depicting supreme deities. For example, various references have been found within allegorical Aztec imagery that allude to a figure that is often represented as governing “side by side with the King”. The significance of this figure lies in the fact that, although it frequently adopts the visual form of a man, it carries the name of “the Terrible Mother: The Snake Woman”. This “Terrible Mother” could just as easily be associated with either La Malinche, La Llorona or Coatlicue, the Aztec goddess of Birth and Decay. “La Malinche” was one of the primary names that Chicana Feminists adopted to describe the concept of “the native woman”. Naturally, like La Malinche herself, the idea of the Native Woman has always been described by numerous names; “Coatlicue” was amongst those that soon followed.
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