Glossary for The Smoking Mirror

I’ve created a list of mythological characters, objects, places and concepts mentioned or featured inThe Smoking Mirror. Here’s an audio recording of these words to help with pronunciation. Acolmiztli—A black puma who leads the Balamija in the second level of Mictlan Ahuiateteo—Gods of vice and excess. ahuitzotl—(pl. ahuitzomeh) “Water dog,”…

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Creature Feature

Starting September 5, 2013, and running through Halloween, The Monitor printed a nine-part series entitled “Creature Feature.” Published each Thursday, this column featured my retellings of creepy tales of ghosts, ghouls and cucuys from deep South Texas, with illustrations by a variety of local artists. On December 10, 2013, an…

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