Cats and Dogs
Just a quick post regarding the Luther and Xanther texts. My history might be a bit rusty here, but I noticed Luther seems to come from a primarily Mexican background whereas Xanther’s father, Anwar, is revealed to be of Egyptian descent. Luther owns various dogs and in the end (spoilers, I guess?) Xanther comes into possession of a dying baby cat. From what I recall, Aztecs used to revere the dog breed Xoloitzcuintli (which is mentioned in the text) and would bury their dead with these dogs to help guide their souls to the afterlife. I’m not knowledgeable of Egyptian culture at all, but I do know cats were regarded with similar honors by ancient Egyptian civilizations (perhaps someone could help me with how exactly this was done). Xanther was originally going to get a dog, but the cat interfered in what was seemingly going to be an idyllic turnaround for her family (particularly Astair’s) life. The cat in this sense is a bringer of chaos. In the same way, Luther at some point thought of letting Hopi take care of his dogs, but ended up killing him (the death that we so anticipated in his narrative). Is there something to be done with the way animals deeply attached to cultural roots of these characters seem to also be harbingers of chaos?