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(Aztec Deity)XOLOTL

Also known as XOCOTL
Tonalli : OLLIN (movement)
Trecena: Cozcacuauhtli (1 Vulture-13 Rabbit)
Festival days : None known

The Aztec God of lightning and fire, sickness and deformities. Okay, it sounds bad, but read on ...

Quetzalcoatl's twin brother was the dark personification of Venus, the evening star, wrestling the sun down into darkness at... sundown... and guarding it through the perilous night.

Although he wasn't actually a Lord of the dead, Xolotl knew the underworld like the back of his hand. He helped his brother bring back the bones of the deceased so he could make the next generation of humans then ventured down once more to bring fire to the world, so who better to guide the deceased through the Krypton factor challenge that is the journey to Mictlan?

Unfortunately his feet were on backwards, he had a skeletal frame and a canine head. The Aztecs hated dogs and thought of them as filthy and immoral animals, though they did eat them, which is a bit ruff.

Rumour has it Xolotl cooked himself alive in a kettle which set a disturbing Aztec trend of ritual self-torture too, so it's really not hard to see why he was regarded as the dispenser of bad luck. But on the plus side he is patron of the Aztec rubberball game known as Ullamaliztli, which makes him fine by me.
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'Xolotl' - Aztec entry : 21st December 2007
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