Saturday, April 19, 2014
Q is for Quetzacoatl
Questzacoatl is the feathered serpent of Aztec mythology. According to the story, he was not only God of the morning star, but the giver of books, and the one who introduced corn.
When I was a kid, I learned in school that Cortes pretty much rolled over the Aztecs like a steamroller through daffodils because Montezuma believed he was the returning god, Quetzaocoatl. (Silly Aztecs! Ha-ha!) Turns out though, this may have been only propaganda from Cortes himself proving how gullible the natives were. In reality, the Aztecs were not so easily fooled. "You, Quetzacoatl? You're nothing like Quetzacoatl. For one thing, he's a snake. For another thing, feathers."
Mormons believe Quetzacoatl was actually Jesus Christ, who according to their religion, visited the Americas after his resurrection. Again, the Aztecs would be like, "Jesus, Quetzacoatl? Jesus is nothing like Quetzaoatl. For one thing, he's not a snake. For another thing, feathers."
What Quetzacoatl clearly resembles to yours truly is a Chinese dragon. What to make of that, however, I have no idea.