The legend of the axolotl begins with the creation of the am and the moon in the ancient sacred city of Teotihuacan «Place where man becomes God». Do you know the legend?
Creation of the sun and the moon
Legend has it that in the beginning of time the earth was dark, everything was in darkness, therefore, the ancient Aztec gods met in order to create the Sun and the Moon.
In order to achieve this, two gods had to be sacrificed. Tecuciztécatl was the first to offer himself for sacrifice, to which the gods asked themselves: Who would be the second? Everything became silent and they just looked at each other.
After a while they agreed that the second sacrifice would be Nanahuatzin which obeyed without any objection the decision. The gods were sacrificed in a bonfire in Teotexcalli, place considered as «The divine place».
The gods sacrifice
Nanahuatzín gave his life and reincarnated turned into the sun, while Tecuciztécal was reborn on the moon, after a while they had left they realized that being together and static nothing happened.
The gods decided to sacrifice themselves so that day and night could be originated as we know it today. The one in charge of making the sacrifices was the wind god Ehécatl.
But there was one who did not refuse to sacrifice himself, Xolotl who escaped death using his powers of transformation.
Xolotl fled to the milpas where he hid himself, which is how he became the corn that has two stems, which the Mexicas called Xolotl. When it was discovered it ran towards the magueyes, becoming mexólotl «maguey of two bodies»
The end of Xolotl
Finally, he submerged himself in the water, becoming Axolotl, the axolotl, where he was captured and died to be consecrated forever as one of the favorite delicacies of the Aztec princes.