Quetzalcoatl

Central American - A god of the Aztecs, Maya and Toltecs in the form of a jade- coloured. Feathered serpent. The sun-god of the Second Sun and god of the wind. Son of Coatlicue. Son of Mixcoatl and Xochiquetzal or of Ometeotl and Ometicuhtli, some say. Son of Tonacatecuhtli and Tonacacihuatl, some say. Seventh son of Iztacmixcohuatl, some say. Twin brother of Xolotl. Brother of Quetzalpetlatl. Brother of Camxtoli, Huitzilopochtli, Tezcatlipoca and Tlacahuepan. Father of Toltec, some say. In one story, he and Tezcatlipoca split open the body of Tlaltecuhtli to form the earth and sky. In the Aztec creation stories, he killed Tezcatlipoca, who had ruled in the period of the First Sun, and became the ruler of the Second Sun. He then created human beings. He is said to have made them from bones brought up from the underworld, sprinkled with his own blood. Some of the bones were dropped on the way and this accounts for the fact that some races are taller than others. In the form of an ant, he stole maize and gave it to the human race. After another 676 years, the wind-god Tlaloc blew away all the humans (except a few who became monkeys) and took over as ruler of the Third Sun. Some versions equate Quetzalcoatl with Ah Kin while others regard him as an aspect of Tezcatlipoca as guardian of the west. In some accounts, he was made drunk by Tezcatlipoca and inveigled into incest with his sister, Quetzalpetlatl, immolating himself in remorse. After eight days he rose to heaven as Venus, the morning star. In yet another version, he gave up the struggle with his enemy, Tezcatlipoca, and left Tollan to return to his original home, Tlapallan. Before leaving, he burned down all the houses and buried his treasures or, some say, threw them into the fountain of Cozcaapa. En route he rested at Temacpalco where the imprint of his hands was left in the rock he had sat on. He climbed the Sierra Nevada, where all his companions died of the cold, and slid down the far side to the shore. Here he was carried off on a raft borne by serpents, promising to return. In later years, the invading Cortez was regarded as the returned god. He is depicted as a traveller carrying a staff or as a butterfly. Also called Quetzalcoatl , Ce Acatl, Ce Acatl, Ce Actl Topiltzin, Quetzalcoatl , Quetzalcoatl, Feathered Serpent, Feathered Serpent, Feathered Staff, Feathered Staff, Quetzalcoatl , Green-feathered Serpent, Green-feathered Serpent, Tezcatlipoca, Tezcatlipoca, Camaxtli, Chac, Cocijo, Fiery Mirror, Moyocoatzin, Moyocoyan, Onachihuitonatiuh, Smoking Mirror, Teimatini, Tescatlipoca, Texcatzoncatl, Tezcatepuca, Tlamatzsincatl, Yoamaxtli, Chalchihuitotolin, Huitzilopochtli, Itzlacoliuhque, Itzli, Mixcoatl-Camaxtli, Moneneque, Nezahuapilli, Omacatl, Telpochtli, Tepeyollotl, Titlac(ah)uan, Tlaloc, Tonatiuh, Tree of Mirrors, Xipetotec, Yaotl, Yoalli Ehecatl, Yaotlinecoc, Yaotzin, Mayan Chac, Mixtec Tzahui, Totanac Tajin, Zapotec Cocijo, Moquequelsa, Pantecatle, Tequiua, Teyocoyani or Touyo.

Quetzalcoatl

Central American - A Toltec king who was deified when he died. In some accounts, the story of the departure on a raft of serpents relates to this deity. Also known as Quetzalcoatl, Ce Acatl, Ce Acatl, Ce Actl Topiltzin, Quetzalcoatl , Feathered Serpent, Feathered Serpent, Feathered Staff, Feathered Staff, Quetzalcoatl , Green-feathered Serpent, Green-feathered Serpent, Tezcatlipoca, Tezcatlipoca, Camaxtli, Chac, Cocijo, Fiery Mirror, Moyocoatzin, Moyocoyan, Onachihuitonatiuh, Smoking Mirror, Teimatini, Tescatlipoca, Texcatzoncatl, Tezcatepuca, Tlamatzsincatl, Yoamaxtli, Chalchihuitotolin, Huitzilopochtli, Itzlacoliuhque, Itzli, Mixcoatl-Camaxtli, Moneneque, Nezahuapilli, Omacatl, Telpochtli, Tepeyollotl, Titlac(ah)uan, Tlaloc, Tonatiuh, Tree of Mirrors, Xipetotec, Yaotl, Yoalli Ehecatl, Yaotlinecoc, Yaotzin, Mayan Chac, Mixtec Tzahui, Totanac Tajin, Zapotec Cocijo, Moquequelsa, Pantecatle, Tequiua, Teyocoyani or Touyo.

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