Quetzalcoatl

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Quetzalcoatl One of the major deities of Aztec culture Quetzalcoatl acknowledged as the “feathered serpent” has influenced the historic and social evolution of Latin American culture as implied by various images depicting the Plumed Serpent god. Meanwhile, socio-historical analysis of Quetzalcoatl worship and culture reveals different symbolisms and ancient functions involved in the Aztecs’ practices toward the god. Historically, the legend of Quetzalcoatl has originated from the Teotihuacán culture of Olmec society around 300 B.C. by the time of rigid theological perspectives between Christianity and Paganism. According to Aztec legends, Quetzalcoatl was acknowledged as an earthly hero and acting ruler of…show more content…
The cult of Quetzalcoatl, has been to was been born at Xochicalco, Morelos in approximately 800 A.D. and eventually carried to Toltec Tula by his priest-kings. Eventually, the cult of Quetzalcoatl has expanded across the eastern and southern highlands of Mexico reaching to Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala. Pre-Toltec cultures and associated Mesoamerican tribes believe in the role of Quetzalcoatl in advancing their society. Influences of the cult have gained significant hold in the society of Ancient Olmec society expanding to the general Latin America. Eventually, the intense affinity of the ancient Aztecs to their Quetzalcoatl cult practices has led to the historical Spanish colonization. A political and religious Aztec priest known as Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl played an essential role in the maintenance of connection between Tula of Mayans, Teotihuacán, and Xochicalco. Ancient compilations of Toltec history frequently reveal the role of the priest king in response to the founding of Toltec civilization. Archeological evidences scrutinizing the identity of Topiltzin fail to conclude whether the person depicted by Ancient Mesoamerican texts and images is the god or Quetzalcoatl. Historical accounts suggest that Topiltzin revolutionized Toltec society from nomadic to civilized civilization with acceptance of Toltec cultural and religious traditions.
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