Xolotl

Central American - An Aztec sun-god or god of misfortune. A dog-headed god of the underworld. Twin brother of Quetzalcoatl. He took the form of a dog in some aspects and his feet were said to point towards the rear. In his role as lord of the evening star he caused the sun to sink each night. He descended into the underworld and brought out bones from which mankind was created. In the story that tells how the gods sacrificed themselves to create man, he acted as their executioner and then killed himself. Another version says that the gods died to persuade the sun to resume its journey across the sky and, in this version, Xolotl executed the other gods but refused to kill himself. To escape, he changed himself first into the maize-plant xolotl, then into the agave mexolotl and finally into the larval salamander axolotl. He was eventually sacrificed and the sun started to move again. Some say that he was killed by being boiled in a kettle. He is depicted as a dwarf jester and has empty eye-sockets because, it is said, his eyes fell out when he cried over the death of the other gods. In some accounts he is equated with Nanahuatl or Xipetotec. Sometimes referred to as Xolotl, Maya Pek or Maya Pek.

Nearby Myths