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Quetzalcoatl (Mesoamerican deity)

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    • Quetzalcoatl (Aztec deity)
    • Quetzalcoatl (Toltec deity)
    • Ehecatl Quetzalcoatl (Mesoamerican deity)
    • Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl (Mesoamerican deity)
    • Ce Ácatl (Mesoamerican deity)
    • Feathered Serpent (Mesoamerican deity)
    • Plumed Serpent (Mesoamerican deity)
    • Quezacotl (Mesoamerican deity)
    • Quezacotl (Aztec deity)
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        Mesoamerican deity
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        Aztec deity
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        Toltec deity
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        Aztec gods
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        Central America
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  • Sources

    • found: López Austin, Alfredo. The myth of Quetzalcoatl, 2015.
    • found: Gutiérrez Morales, César. Quetzalcóatl : dios de dioses, 2014.
    • found: Brundage, Burr Cartwright. The phoenix of the Western world : Quetzalcoatl and the sky religion, 1982.
    • found: Nicholson, H. B. Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl, 2001(Ehecatl Quetzalcoatl; Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl)
    • found: Enciclopedia gráfica del México antiguo, 1992:v. 2, p. 179 (Quetzalcoatl: secondary names and epithets, Ce Ácatl)
    • found: Ce-Acatl Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl, 1992.
    • found: Merriam-Webster dictionary online, July 26, 2019(Quetzalcoatl: a chief Toltec and Aztec god identified with the wind and air and represented by a feathered serpent)
    • found: YourDictionary website, July 26, 2019(Quetzalcoatl: a principal god of the Aztecs, symbolized by a feathered serpent (Webster's new world college dictionary, ©2014; Quetzalcoatl: A god of the Toltecs and Aztecs, often represented as a plumed serpent, who was worshiped as co-creator of the world along with his adversary Tezcatlipoca (The American heritage dictionary of the English language, ©2016)) -
    • found: Encyclopædia Britannica online, July 26, 2019(Quetzalcóatl, Mesoamerican god; Quetzalcóatl, Mayan name Kukulcán, (from Nahuatl quetzalli, "tail feather of the quetzal bird [Pharomachrus mocinno]," and coatl, "snake"), the Feathered Serpent, one of the major deities of the ancient Mexican pantheon. Representations of a feathered snake occur as early as the Teotihuacán civilization (3rd to 8th century CE) on the central plateau. At that time Quetzalcóatl seems to have been conceived as a vegetation god--an earth and water deity closely associated with the rain god Tlaloc. With the immigration of Nahua-speaking tribes from the north, Quetzalcóatl's cult underwent drastic changes. The subsequent Toltec culture (9th through 12th centuries), centred at the city of Tula, emphasized war and human sacrifice linked with the worship of heavenly bodies. Quetzalcóatl became the god of the morning and evening star. In Aztec times (14th through 16th centuries) Quetzalcóatl was revered as the patron of priests, the inventor of the calendar and of books, and the protector of goldsmiths and other craftsmen; he was also identified with the planet Venus. As the morning and evening star, Quetzalcóatl was the symbol of death and resurrection. With his companion Xolotl, a dog-headed god, he was said to have descended to the underground hell of Mictlan to gather the bones of the ancient dead) -
    • found: Ancient history encyclopedia, via WWW, July 26, 2019(Quetzalcoatl; one of the most important gods in ancient Mesoamerica. The god known as the Plumed Serpent is a mix of bird and rattle snake and his name is a combination of the Nahuatl words for the quetzal - the emerald plumed bird - and coatl or serpent. He was also known as Kukulkán to the Maya, Gucumatz to the Quiché of Guatemala, and Ehecatl to the Huastecs of the Gulf Coast. He was regarded as the god of winds and rain and as the creator of the world and mankind. In Central Mexico from 1200 CE he was also considered the patron god of priests and merchants and considered the god of learning, science, agriculture, crafts and the arts. He also invented the calendar, was identified with Venus, the rising morning star, he was associated with opossums and even discovered corn (maize) with the help of giant red ant that led him to a mountain packed full of grain and seeds; In the Late Postclassical period (from 1200 CE) in Central Mexico the god came to be strongly associated with the wind (in particular as a bringer of rain clouds) and as the creator god Ehecatl-Quetzalcóatl. In Postclassical Nahua tradition Quetzalcóatl is also the creator of the cosmos along with either his brother Tezcatlipoca or Huitzilopochtli and is one of the four sons of Tonacateuctli and Tonacacihuatl, the original creator gods) -
    • found:, July 26, 2019(Quetzalcoatl, Aztec mythology (also Quezacotl). Quetzalcoatl was a large feathered serpent, god of the winds and of vegetation for the Aztecs and many other middle-american cultures. According to Aztec belief, the universe went through five attempts at creation - the fifth being successful. Quetzalcoatl was known as the ruler of this final creation, who brought back human life, spreading it throughout this existence.) -
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