He walked through the underworld.
Bright and dark like the midnight sun.
He ruled the wind and the storms.
Fierce and soft like the unending rain.
He was man as much as god.
He was a warrior but he was peace.
Warrior, rain and wind god, and spirit of the maize, Quetzalcoatl—the most familiar of the Mesoamerican gods—is better known for his attributes than for his complex history. As such, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, is a figure that encloses a myriad of symbols and meanings.
Described as taken the form of a colossal serpent covered in feathers, he wears around his neck the "wind breastplate" ehecailacocozcatl, symbolizing its ruling over hurricanes, dust devils, seashells, and whirl...
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