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"XOLOTL AZTEC DIVINITY AKIN TO THANATOS" (see related A) Private Collection

Conjoined twins representing dual divinities - Xolotl, representing the malformed and Quetzalcoatl, a divine feathered serpent, an emblem representing learning and knowledge among many other attributes.

It is provocative that in Greek and Roman mythology the twins Thanatos - Somnus represented similar attributes. Teratology in modern medicine incorporates the notion that the study of "monsters" is not the study of evil spirits - it is the study of what "monsters" demonstrate - a word that implicitly underscores what is the cause or what to expect.   

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