Chicomexochitl y el maíz entre los nahuas de Chicontepec: la continuidad del ritual


  • Victoriano de la Cruz Cruz



Nahuas, Chicomexochitl, corn, Chicontepec, ritual


The cultivation and veneration of corn is central to all Mesoamerican cultures. Long before the Spaniards arrived indigenous people worshiped corn and pleaded for each harvest to be as good as the preceding one. Today’s Nahuas consider corn sacred and never permit it to lie on the ground: it must always be protected and sheltered. The Nahuas of Chicontepec, Veracruz continue to dance and pray to the corn deity, Chicomexochitl “Seven Flower”. This paper reveals the continuity of ritual practices and symbolism relating to the worship of maize in Nahua culture from prehispanic times to the present. It is based on the sixteenth‑century written sources, recent anthropological studies, and my own fieldwork associated with the Chicomexochitl ritual.


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Author Biography

Victoriano de la Cruz Cruz

A native speaker and linguist of the Nahuatl language, was born in Tepoxteco, Chicontepec, Veracruz. He has a master’s degree in Indoamerican Linguistics from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) in Mexico City. Between 2012 and 2015 he worked as a researcher in the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw participating in the projects “Language Encounters between the Old and New Worlds” (Focus Program, Foundation for Polish Science) and “Europe and America in contact: a multidisciplinary study of cross-cultural transfer in the New World across time” financed by the European Research Council. His areas of interest include language contact, Nahuatl syntax and morpholog y, and the Nahua worldview as reflected in the language. He worked at the Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas between 2003 and 2012, and served as the assistant director of research at the Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas in Mexico in 2012.


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Cruz Cruz, Victoriano de la. 2015. “Chicomexochitl Y El maíz Entre Los Nahuas De Chicontepec: La Continuidad Del Ritual”. Politeja 12 (6 (38):129-47.