Xolotl Picture

Xolotl is the Aztec god of Death, Fire, Lightning, Sickness, and Deformities, and as you may notice...his legs are backwards. Apparently Xolotl is also the twin brother of Quetzalcoatl! That made me wonder what a human-like goddess had to do to give birth to a feathery dragon and a deformed dog, but apparently thier mother Coatlicue was a virgin, and abandoned them both after giving birth to them because she was not married yet. Despite being a god associated with death, he was not considered the same as the european Grim Reaper, he was more like the guide of the dead, and was quite friendly, but he only usually catered to gods and the dead. To the aztecs, death was just another place that you go to and anothe stage of life. The land of the dead had many layers, and souls would journey through the Land of the Dead to reach the land of eternal rest. If they could find Xolotl, he would help guide them through the land of the dead. Xolotl would also help Huitzilopochtli protect the sun as he passed through the underworld.
Two Mexican animals get their names from Xolotl, the Xoloitzcuintli, a mostly hairless breed of dog, and the Axoltl, a little cave dwelling water salamander.
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