In Veracruz and Central Mexico, women who died in childbirth were revered as minor goddesses - Cihuateteo. They would meet the sun at midday and escort it on its celestial journey until sunset. From dawn until midday the sun was escorted by Tonaleque, the souls of warriors who fell in battle. Both kinds of death were considered sacred, but it was mainly the Cihuateteo who were given large sculptural representations.
Ekholm, Gordon F., The Maremont Collection of Pre-Columbian Art, Israel Exploration Society in cooperation with the Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum