The Aztecs had a rich and colorful history and flourished in central Mexico from 1300 to 1521.
The Aztec peoples included different ethnic groups of central Mexico, particularly those groups who spoke the Nahuatl language.
They told amazing stories and had many myths, and folk tales. The Aztec creation story can be found here, among other fascinating tales which will hopefully jump start your imagination, but we are here to talk about the Ahuitzotl right now and he doesn’t wait.
According to Cryptidzwikia this is an Aztec and Mayan Mythological creature. Similar creatures are also known to the Hopi and Shasta tribes of North America too.
This creature looked like a small dog, with streaks on its head, small ears, and a hand at the tip of its tail. It had waterproof fur that often clumped up into what resembled spikes.
Scientists believed that the Ahuitzotl may have really existed and was actually an otter or a ferret.
According to legend the Ahuitzotl submerged itself, waiting to feed…into a lake or a stream and began to wail like a small child or a frightened lady. A passerby would hear the cries and rush to the rescue.
Upon approaching the water the victim would be strangled until dead by the creature’s infamous tail-hand and then he would tear out the victim’s eyes, nails and teeth and eat them. It would then toss the lifeless body onto the riverbank and restart its wailing. How horrifying!
The Ahuitzotl appears in The Ocean Hunter game as a surviving Elasmosaurus which lives in the Texcoco, Great Lake.
Writing Prompt- Interview with an Ahuitzotl
Interviewer– Welcome Mr. Ahuitzotl, thank you for granting us this interview. I understand that you have agreed to this, in order to set the record straight? You aren’t a horrible creature from ancient times, you are alive and well and wish to not be viewed as a murderer, is that right?
Ahuitzotl- That’s right and thank you so much for interviewing me. I want everyone to know that yes, I did strangle the humans to get their nails, teeth and eyes…but it wasn’t out of a lust for killing, which is what my story implies. I did those things for immortality.
Interviewer- Ahhh, I see, but how do those parts of the body help in making you immortal, they are the most delicate and the crunchiest parts of the human body, but isn’t blood more life giving?
Ahuitzotl– Hahaha, yes, I like a good crunch. No, the reason that these specific parts of the body were important to me is because of the calcium, obviously. The secret to long life is in your diet. Experts say that if you want healthy bones, teeth, skin and hair…you need to have as much calcium as possible.
Interviewer– You’re kidding me. You murdered thousands of people with that hand thingy…(points to the Ahuitzotl’s tail)…and it was because you wanted the calcium? Why not eat their bones, or better yet, not eat people at all and just opt for drinking cows milk or eating cheese?
Ahuitzotl– You take vitamins every day don’t you? Yes, I needed their calcium, and I ate what I liked. I have no remorse for what I’ve done, the same as you don’t think twice about eating a chicken.
Interviewer– So you are just like the ruler Ahuitzotl from 1486 to 1502 who used human sacrifice to terrify visiting rulers of newly conquered territories to ensure their passive compliance to Aztec rule….he didn’t view humans as divine beings who had a soul, perhaps? Humans were disposable and as unimportant as…say, a fly or a cockroach to him.
Ahuitzotl– Well, in a perfect world, the Ahuizotl would be in charge, and I am not talking about the man. We are the creatures who could create a world without war, famine, or disease.
Interviewer– How would you do that? I’m sure all of our readers would like to know.
Ahuitzotl- None of you would exist….
The creature was then escorted in handcuffs and ankle chains back to his cell. The orange jumpsuit looked strange over his rubbery body, and his tail- hand had ben tied in a knot and was pinned to his back…it looked like it wasn’t getting enough blood or oxygen and that it would need to be amputated soon. He was one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. No remorse, blunt affect and his MO was always the same. He wouldn’t be getting out of max for a long time, but still the interviewer couldn’t sleep that night. It was the way that Ahuitzotl had looked at him, like he was a snack and nothing more.
The most horrifying thing of all, was that they had only about twenty or so in max and there were more out there somewhere…lurking in the lakes…waiting for their prey.
What happens next?
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