Tuesday, April 28, 2015

X is for Xolotl

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?

25 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's low - having the same name as a hairless dog.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Hairless dogs indeed are fugly. My dog just got over-sheared for the summer. He barks at his own reflection now... XD

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Anne Marie Schlueter said...

What a name!

Pat Hatt said...

lol the hairless dog may have gotten the worse end of that deal

Chrys Fey said...

While many of us are struggling with our X post, you have an awesome X. :) He is pretty fugly...

Pat Dilloway said...

Aztec seems like it'd be hard to speak.

Sarah Foster said...

Fugly definitely seems like the right word. Having backwards feet might be tricky.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

He sure had a lot of important jobs. He looks like someone just stuck pieces together.

Sherry Ellis said...

His name matches his looks!

Patricia Lynne said...

Walking must be hard with backwards feet.

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Jo said...

Nevertheless, he is very colourful and has an important job to do. His balance must be a bit off kilter too.

Haneen I. Adam said...

Poor guy, too much work and no respect. I wonder how he finds time to lead the dead and the sun every day?

DEZMOND said...

I wish we had more films on the Aztecs and Mayas, but not the Mel Gibson style :) It was lovely seeing them in the last season of DA VINCI'S DEMONS!

Robin said...

Did you see the TV show Dead Like Me? It's about this girl who dies and becomes a grim reaper (someone who helps people cross over). Your post reminded me of it. It was a pretty good show. Here is the trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM3BTBuevmw

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