Warrior women

Warrior women

Miquizpan, "the hour of death", was what the Mexica called the moment of childbirth for women. It was a dangerous event, in which the woman was considered a warrior who was fighting to obtain a war captive, who was her son. If the delivery went well, it was assumed that she had won, otherwise she would have died in battle.

The women who died in their first childbirth were called Mocihuaquetzqueh and were considered eagle-women, their destiny, like that of the warriors, was to guide the sun during its transit from midday to dusk.


• Johansson K., Patrick, "Mocihuaquetzqueh”

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