Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.
I've always been fascinated with Aztec culture, so while many are probably going to struggle with the letter X for today's challenge, I found myself with a bunch of possibilities. I guess the letter X is popular in the Aztec world.
Every culture seems to have their own god/goddesses in charge of helping the dead crossover. Xolotl was the god that assisted the dead when traversing into the Underworld.
Interestingly, Xoltol was also the god of lightning and fire. At the end of the day, when the sun disappeared beyond the horizon, it was Xolotl's job to protect the sun during that journey. So maybe he's a god in charge of transition in more than one way.
Despite having these important jobs, Xoltol is pretty darn fugly. He has a hound's head, his feet on his skinny body have grown backwards, and Mexican's named a breed of hairless dog after him.
How's that for reverence?