Ixchel (Ix Chel) is the ancient Mayan Goddess of fertility and healing."Ix" means Goddess of the feminine. "Chel" means rainbow or light. In other words, Ixchel is the Lady of the Rainbow, Goddess of the Rainbow, and Lady of Sacred Light. She is always associated with bodies of water … lakes, streams, rivers, and creeks.
There is much debate over Ix Chel's identity. Archaeologists determined that she has two phases - a young sensual woman and an old powerful crone. There was an oracle to Ix Chel on Cozemel Island that Cortez reported was much visited. She appears to have been very popular. Modern day sociologists are concerned that the archaeologists made a great many assumptions in identifying this goddess as a moon goddess and assuming the both "phases" were the same goddess.
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Native American Spirituality:
Native American religions are the spiritual practices of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Traditional Native American ceremonial ways can vary widely and are based on the differing histories and beliefs of individual tribes, clans, and bands. Early European explorers describe individual Native American tribes, and even small bands, since each having their own religious practices.
Theology may be monotheistic, polytheistic, henotheistic, animistic, shamanistic, pantheistic, or any combination thereof. Traditional beliefs are usually passed down in the forms of oral histories, stories, allegories, and principles, and rely on face to face teaching in one's family and community.