Huehuecóyotl (or Ueuecoyotl) is a Mexican mythology deity. In Nahuatl it means ‘old coyote’. And it was associated with happiness, storytelling, destiny and jokes. For the same reason, it was also related to good luck.
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Huehuecóyotl, prankster and partying god
In Aztec culture, coyotes were a symbol of cunning and worldly wisdom. And Huehuecóyotl was represented with the head of a coyote dancing, with human feet and hands, accompanied by some dishes. In addition, he was from the family of Mexican gods of Tezcatlipoca.
Due to all its characteristics, Huehuecóyotl was a combination between good and evil. It was a balance between the new and the old, the mundane and the spiritual, the masculine and feminine, youth and elderly.
It is said that Huehuecóyotl was a god who liked to joke with other gods. And because of that, he got into trouble all the time. He even liked to provoke fights between human beings to keep himself entertained. Also some other times, the gods sought him to mitigate his destiny.
A rampant deity
On the one hand, he was the god of arts, dance and music. But, at the same time, it was about worldly desires and unbridled sexuality. In fact, he possessed the ability to change gender to his liking.
According to the codices, he was married to Temazcalteci, goddess of the temazcales. But, he also had Xochiquetzal as a lover, goddess of love, sexuality, prostitutes and young women. But, when he changed gender, his lovers were Opochtli, god of hunting and fishing. As well as Xochipilli, god of the arts, homosexuality and male prostitution.
And, within Mexican mythology, the gods were not perfect gods. But, they represented elements of nature, virtues or vices. And as you can see, Huehuecóyotl was one of the most unbridled. He was a very partying god, joker and cheater.
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