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The dog or animal. An Aztec deity with a deformed shape, often shown with backward turned feet, he was regarded as the dispenser of misfortune. As lord of the evening star, Xolotl pushed the sun down into the darkness of night, though he was also looked upon as Quetzalcoatl's double. His burst eye was a sign of penitence, while his death by cooking in a kettle may have represented some form of spiritual detachment. Self-torture and ritual killing were the two sides of the Aztec religion of suffering.

Subjects: Religion.

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