Tree of the Middle Place

She was alone, the goddess Tlaltecuhtli, walking on the primordial waters- a great and wonderful maiden, with eyes and jaws at every joint that could see and bite like animals. She was observed by the two great gods, Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent, and Tezcatlipoca, the Smoking Mirror. Deciding to fashion the world of her, they transformed themselves into serpents and came at her from either side. One seized her from the right hand to the left foot, the other from the left hand to the right foot, and together they ripped her asunder. From the parts they fashioned, not only: earth and heavens, but also all the gods. And then to comfort the maiden for what had happened to her, all those gods came down and, paying her obeisance, commanded that there should come from her all the fruits that men require for life. From her hair they made trees, flowers and grass; from her eyes, springs, fountains, and the little caves; from her mouth, rivers and the great caves; from her nose, valleys; and from her shoulders, mountains. But the goddess wept all night, for she had a craving to consume human hearts. And she would not be quiet until they were brought to her. Nor would she bear fruit until she had been drenched with human blood.