The animal most frequently depicted in Colima art is the Mexican hairless dog, also known as Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-kweent-lee) by the Aztecs of the fifteenth century. In addition to raising dogs as a food source, many peoples of highland Mexico believed that a dog accompanied a person’s soul on the journey into the underworld. Discovery of dog images in tombs suggests they were intended as companions for the deceased.
tags: function, ritual, observation
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