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  • The goddess Centeotl is chosen from among the candidates sent by each delegation, not for physical beauty but for her knowledge of her area's history, customs and traditions.


  • Some indigenous tribes in Mexico still worship Centeotl, the Aztec corn god who protects harvests, and passions run high if any threat to corn is perceived.

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  • Ancillary events have grown up around the basic two Mondays - some original indigenous traditions, especially in the villages, and some more modern innovations such as the contest to select the goddess Centeotl who presides over the festivities and the Bani Stui Gulal which is a dramatic presentation of how the Guelaguetza was celebrated in different epochs.


  • Promptly at 10 a.m., the goddess Centeotl and all the delegations are presented and parade around the stage.


  • There are a number of official events, the most important of which are the contest to select the goddess Centeotl on the Sunday before the first Monday and the emBani Stui Gulal on the same Sunday night, plus the presentation of the Legend of Donaji on both Monday nights in the Guelaguetza Auditorium.


  • Saturday July 18, 10 a.m. Final part of the contest to select the Goddess Centeotl in the Jardín El Pañuelito


  • Centeotl then takes her seat with the governor of the state and invited dignitaries (such as the President of the Republic, King and Queen of Spain, high officials and personalities from all over the world, guests of the governor for this fabulous spectacle) and the first delegation is introduced and the celebration begins.


  • He seems to be a counterpart of the Mexican maize-god Centeotl.

    Representation of Deities of the Maya Manuscripts Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Vol. 4, No. 1

  • On the altar of Mixcoatl, god of hunting, the Aztec priest tore the heart from the human victim and smeared with the spouting blood the snake that coiled its lengths around the idol; flowers and fruits, yellow ears of maize and clusters of rich bananas decked the shrine of Centeotl, beneficent patroness of agriculture, and bloodless offerings alone were her appropriate dues.

    The Myths of the New World A Treatise on the Symbolism and Mythology of the Red Race of America

  • Take that of Centeotl, the Aztec goddess of Maize.

    The Myths of the New World A Treatise on the Symbolism and Mythology of the Red Race of America


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