Dnaels – Udita Plaha

Dnaels were used by the pre-Aztec people, dating back to the 13th century. Quick on the offense and slow on the defense, Dnaels were often trained to fight in place of human beings. Since cave writing was found to be in a lofty, traditional usage of Nahuatl, it was concluded that the notably well-educated pre-Aztec had exclusive dominion over this living weapon.

The discovery of the Dnael was made by Dr. Jayme Moliar, a graduate of the PhD program of Ancient History at Cornell University. After the completion of his thesis on the Aztec Jaguar Knights in 2000, Moliar led an expedition to ancient caverns in Zetlua, a burial ground believed to have belonged to the Aztec, to find concrete evidence of the origin of the were-jaguar myth.

In the burial caverns of Zetlua, the team discovered paintings of an ancient creature, concealed by the caked on mud on the wall above each burial site. This creature was depicted to have the upper torso of a human being, but the head and lower body of a jaguar. Bona fide human blood, matching the DNA of the buried bodies, decorated the jaws of the creature. Moliar inferred that the bodies in the cavern could have been victims of this creature. Furthermore, a different type of blood was used next to each drawing, to write the tale of the death of the buried body. Blood samples were sent to a lab in Denver, Colorado. Lab analysts found no match for the blood sample and speculated that the blood could have belonged to the creature depicted in the paintings.

“After spending weeks deciphering the hieroglyphics under the drawings, we concluded that this creature must have been called a Dnael,” said one of Moliar’s on-site linguists. “We also concluded that this highly narcissistic creature used this cave as a kind of trophy room to keep track of each of its kills.”

After three years of analytical studies of the caverns and their surroundings, Moliar and his team discovered that these creatures did once roam the grounds of Zetlua. After finding a footprint in the clay soil, scientists estimate the creature to weigh 350 pounds, and stand at a full height of 6 feet tall. Dr. Moliar and his team continue to study this creature in hopes of discovering more about this pre-Aztec civilization.