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Ahuizotl by darksilvania Ahuizotl by darksilvania
Hi people, here you have a new mythological monster for my Bestiary, this time is a mexican one

Here you have the Ahuizotl, an aztec water monster who served the gods in their search for souls.

The name Ahuizotl come from the aztec, and means "Water Thorn", as when the Ahuizotle came out of water and his fur dried, it became sharp spines.

It had a coyote head and body, but with monkey hands and a long tail with a hand

Here is a little description extracted from the Florentine Codex:

"...very like the teui, the small teui dog; small and smooth, shiny. It has small, pointed ears, just like a small dog. It is black, like rubber; smooth, slippery, very smooth, longtailed. And its tail is provided with a hand at the end; just like a human hand is the point of its tail. And its hands are like a raccoon's hands or like a monkey's hands. It lives, it is a dweller in watery caverns, in watery depths. And if anyone arrives there at its entrance, or there in the water where it is, it then grabs him there. It is said that it sinks him, it plunges him into the water; it carries him to its home, it introduces him to the depths; so its tail goes holding him, so it goes seizing him ... When the body is retrieved, the one it has drowned no longer has his eyes, his teeth, and his nails; it has taken them all from him. But his body is completely unblemished, his skin uninjured. Only his body comes out all slippery-wet; as if one had pounded it with a stone; as if it had inflicted small bruises ... When it was annoyed - had caught no one, had drowned none of us commoners - then was heard as if a small child wept. And he who heard it thought perhaps a child wept, perhaps a baby, perhaps an abandoned one. Moved by this, he went there to look for it. So there he fell into the hands of the auítzotl, there it drowned him..."

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The ahuizotl its a very interesting creature, it is said that, when he drowned someone, it was because de gods where interested in that person's soul, so, when the bodies where found, only priests could touch them.

I wanted to keep the idea as much close to the original glyphs depicting the beast, but as far to keep the Aztec theme, I gave him a head that looked like an Aztec mask or statue, and I have him some Aztec jewelry

well, hope you like it
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saank Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
HI!I would like to use your pictures to illustrate an interactive digital book, nonprofit, to low-income children in Mexico. The intention is to bring them to reading through the book-album format (little quality text and images) animated on power point
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AvantGardePony Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome Ahui! As a half-Aztec Indian, I approve. ^__^
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:iconjnredmon:
JNRedmon Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Amazing! I love the Aztec animal heads on his mask.
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:iconeddie-chan:
Eddie-chan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Awesome interpretation!
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Sweet!
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zetsu2234322 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
I remember this monster was on the show secret saturdays.
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:icontheundecidedartist:
TheUndecidedArtist Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Not to offend you,bu I really and truly thought that this was one of your Pokemon/Fakemon designs.It could be Water/Dark type or Ghost/water type.
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:iconnixkat:
NixKat Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely!
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GWes Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Never heard of this monster before. Very cool.
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KurGuardianz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
A much better version of the mythological Ahuizotl than how Secret Saturdays did it
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:iconr3ydo:
R3YDO Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ke belleza es Ahuizotl:love::love::love:
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:iconmutehero7:
mutehero7 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Thank you for applying your awesome talent to drawing this obscure beast. I've been looking for a decent depiction of it for ages, and this blows me away!
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:iconmorganhowell:
MorganHowell Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
sweeeeeeeeeet!
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:iconeclipseobsidian:
EclipseObsidian Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
ah the Monster with one hundred eyes (they are not all his)
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
That looks like such an intense creature. There should be more of the ahuizotl in pop culture; it is not a monster one usually sees!
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:icontsuki222:
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Beautiful!
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:iconhakkyou-no-yami:
Hakkyou-no-Yami Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
interesting looking creature, this is the first time I heard of it, we should see more of this in TV and games.
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Norcissa Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Mother of god, i love it.
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:iconbrony35:
brony35 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
you did a great job with this ahuizotl picture
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:iconthemeekwarrior:
TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your bestiary creatures, such original flair. :D Well done!
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Tasorius2 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Brilliant... ^^
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DyingMan75 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Nice!
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x45boy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
But, in my own words by myself I believe the artwork is amazing even I couldn't do better then that.
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x45boy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Do to my research I have fond that this artwork (which is cool) is a image of an old legendary creature in Aztec belief. which drowned people by grabbing them with his tail like hand and then eat them I the water. (Which I would hate to be the first person that thing takes a bite out.)
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Sigma-Echo-Seven Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Writer
Utterly fascinating!
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:iconryuseimaru:
Ryuseimaru Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
So this is the nemesis of Daring Doo...

Wondered what that was.
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:iconfriendorphantom:
FriendOrPhantom Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Now it seems a bit odd that this Aztecan monster has a Spanish accent.

Not just odd, but intriguing.
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:iconryuseimaru:
Ryuseimaru Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Well, nowadays they speak spanish where the Aztecs once lived... in a very sadistic way it even makes sense.
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:iconfriendorphantom:
FriendOrPhantom Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Plus the Aztecs thought that Cortez was a god. What if Aztecan gods speak with a Spanish accent???
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:iconryuseimaru:
Ryuseimaru Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Stands to reason... ;)
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JecBro Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
its pretty tripin. i love it to. keep up the great work.
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:icondeus-suetonius:
Deus-Suetonius Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"like" it, no. LOVE IT!!!!! <3 <3 <3
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:iconorima-kazooie:
Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's interesting how mixing a bunch of familiar animals together makes such a more frightening creature than anything unknown.
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SaucyLobster Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
A wonderful depiction of a less than famous creature, fantastic.
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Ragingwolf94 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Nice, I like all of your adaptations of all of these creatures
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DondeVa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'd really like to see you do "El Chupacabra" or "La Llorona", I'm sure they would come out awesome :D
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:iconfriendorphantom:
FriendOrPhantom Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
My inner Brony just squeed.
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:iconorima-kazooie:
Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nver mind, read a comic six or so down, and realized what you mean. Unless you want to be weird.

...I think normal is boring. And weird.
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:iconfriendorphantom:
FriendOrPhantom Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Very true. Normality is overrated.
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:iconorima-kazooie:
Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By the way, really cool username.
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:iconfriendorphantom:
FriendOrPhantom Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Why thank you! Your username is also cool!
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:iconorima-kazooie:
Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:3
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:iconorima-kazooie:
Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your inner brony may not be of the ordinary vareity...
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:iconcrazymuffo:
crazymuffo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to see your version of a Balrog....
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:iconcrazymuffo:
crazymuffo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your creatures
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TehAwesomeNobody Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
You'll never get away with this, Ahuizotl!
Sorry, I just had to say that. Excellent work as always, Aztec things always look so cool.
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bord2heck Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the design; the influences are subtle yet apparent. my only critic, and this is just me, but im not a huge fan of the hunched back. It may just be how im looking at it. anyway, love it.
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JTibb Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Very well done.
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LyricalAutumnWind Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is so cool...
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CXZecoatl Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
AIUGHAIUGVABVAAHA!!!!
AZTEC WONDERFULNESS!!!
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