Mérida, Yucatán, (November 02, 2021).- The Xoloitzcuintle dog, whose history dates back more than 3,500 years ago, was created by the god of death to protect the living and guide the souls of the deceased through Mictlán, the underworld or the city of the dead, according to Aztec belief.
The most important function that the Xoloitzcuintles were believed to fulfill was to help the souls cross a deep and mighty river that crosses the Mictlán.
Despite their goodness, they refused to help those who in life had treated animals badly, especially dogs, for which they would perish and would never be able to cross the underworld.
However, if the person had been generous to the dogs, the xolo would gladly take their soul, lay it on his back, and carry it safely to the other side.
The term xoloitzcuintle originates from Nahuatl: Xólotl, god of sunset and death, and itzcuintli, dog. Xólotl is the twin brother of Quetzalcóatl, who represents his opposite: darkness, underworld, death.
Because of their relationship with the god of death, people had to be kind, if they wanted to enjoy a grateful death without suffering.
The legend of the Xoloitzcuintle says the if the dog is black, or too light in color, it will not be able to cross the river.
Only when the dog is mottled gray color (which is usual for them), then it will be able to carry out this important task.
The Xoloitzcuintle was on the brink of extinction during European colonization, as the conquerors found in it an unbeatable source of food for their expeditions, but mostly to eliminate the religious traditions related to this animal.
Souce: Yucatan al momento
more recommended stories
Despite the evidence, AMLO denies spying on critics and minimizes facts
He claimed that his opponents seek.
Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr cancels North American tour
Sir Ringo Starr has cancelled several.
Ken Salazar, personally monitored by Sedena
In December 2021, four months after.
AMLO confirms that the Army will have an airline with 10 leased aircraft and insists on including the presidential airplane
President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López.
Mexican army bought Pegasus in 2019 to spy on activists and journalists
An investigation reveals that the ‘malware’.
As of this Monday, Yucatán has a new Labor Justice System
Conciliation and Arbitration Boards (Junta de.
R’Bonney Gabriel becomes the first ever Asian American to win Miss USA
Filipino American R’Bonney Gabriel made history.
October: the month of Hanal Pixán
The hanal pixán, or “meal of.
Beach vendors to be relocated in Cancun
Although the merchants protested to stay.
National forum places Yucatán as a benchmark for teamwork
“I have two full years left,.