Mayan Goddess Ixchel Statue
Ixchel of Fertility from Isla Mujeres
La Diosa Mexicana
Ixchel from the Island of Women
In the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of the
Yucatan Peninsula sits an island with a temple dedicated to the Goddess Ixchel.
Local tradition holds that for many generations women have been making two
pilgrimages to the temple in their life time. Little girls first accompany their
mother to the temple to make offerings, and when they become mothers, they take
their own daughters back to make offerings.
The continuity of this pilgrimage has been preserved across many generations.
For highland Maya peoples of Guatemala, Ixchel is the protector of women during