South American - A large spotted feline. Some say that the jaguar was the founder of the Quiche tribe and Tezcatlipoca became a jaguar when he was killed by Quetzalcoatl and fell into the sea. The Toltecs regarded this animal as symbolising darkness and thunder. Some tribes say that eclipses are caused when a supernatural jaguar swallows the sun or moon. It is said that, when a black jaguar dies, it becomes a demon and a shaman may turn into a jaguar when he dies. Sometimes identified as Jaguar, Desana, Desana, Master of Animals, Dog of the Shaman or Dog of the Shaman.

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