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AKA: Mama Killa, Mama Quilla
Origin: Inca Mythology
Mama Kilya is the Moon Goddess, or “Mother Moon”, of the Inca Pantheon. She is the daughter of Mama Cocha, Goddess of the Sea, and married to the Sun God, Inti, who’s also her brother. She was widely regarded as being beautiful and caring. She was often drawn as a silver disc, as shown in her temple at Cuzco, Peru. Mama Kilya was believed to cry tears made of silver, which is pretty damn poetic and beautiful if you ask me.
She is considered one of the 3 main deities of Inca mythology. The other two being Inti and the thunder god, Ilyap’a. Besides being the moon goddess, she was the protector of women and the mother of the Inca Race. Women especially worshiped her not only because she’s their goddess but because she was in charge of their menstrual cycles and marriages. So yeah, ever have killer cramps or want to tie the knot, just seek her out.
One of her responsibilities was for the passage of time and as such the Moon’s cycle, lunar calender, played an important role in the Inca ritual calender just like the Solar calender. The Incas greatly feared lunar eclipses, since they believed a giant serpent or mountain lion was trying to devour her. Fearing for her life, they would attempt to scare the beast away, by making loud noises and throwing spears throughout the eclipse.