One of the final products for my nature writing class is to create a portfolio on an animal of our choice. (I chose Axolotl), part of this portfolio is to write a "folk legend" explaining the origin of their species. Because Axolotl are native only to Mexico, I decided to namedrop some Aztec mythology. (even though I totally misrepresented Chalchiuhtlicue) Here's what I wrote
Long ago, in a time before memory when Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli heralded the dawn and Tezcatlipoca the night, there lived in our land many beasts, both strange and familiar in nature. The beasts that filled our world then were all of the same ken we know, the Scaled Ones, the Feathered Ones, the Furred Ones, and the Ones in the Waves.
In this time long forgotten, a young scaled one lived perpetually on the shore, forever staring into the sea he wished so much to be a part of.
You see, this young scaled one was unhappy with what life had handed him, “why must I stay in the land or tr