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Quetzalcoatl (Classical Nahuatl: Quetzalcohuātl IPA: [ketsaɬˈkoaːtɬ]) is a Mesoamerican deity whose name comes from the Nahuatl language and has the meaning of "feather-serpent".

The worship of a feathered serpent deity is first documented in Teotihuacan in the Late Preclassic through the Early Classic period (400 BCE– 600CE) of Mesoamerican chronology - "Teotihuacan arose as a new religious center in the Mexican Highland, around the time of Christ..."-- whereafter it appears to have spread throughout Mesoamerica by the Late Classic (600 –- 900 CE) (Ringle et al.). In the Postclassic period (900 – 1519 CE) the worship of the feathered serpent deity was centered in the central Mexican religious center of Cholula. It is in this period that the deity is known to have been named "Quetzalcoatl" by his Nahua followers. In the Maya area he was known as Kukulcan or Ququmatz, names that also translate as "feathered serpent" in different Mayan languages. In the era following the 16th-century Spanish Conquest a number of sources were written that describe the god "Quetzalcoatl" and relates him to a ruler of the mythico-historic city of Tollan called by the names "Ce Acatl", "Topiltzin", "Nacxitl" or "Quetzalcoatl". It is a matter of much debate among historians to which degree, or whether at all, these narratives about this legendary Toltec ruler Topiltzin Ce Acatl Quetzalcoatl describe actual historical events. Furthermore early Spanish sources written by clerics tend to identify the god-ruler "Quetzalcoatl" of these narratives with either Hernán Cortés or St. Thomas—an identification which is also a source of diversity of opinions about the nature of "Quetzalcoatl".
Among the Aztecs, whose beliefs are the best-documented in the historical sources, Quetzalcoatl was related to gods of the wind, of Venus, of the dawn, of merchants and of arts, crafts and knowledge. He was also the patron god of the Aztec priesthood, of learning and knowledge. Quetzalcoatl was one of several important gods in the Aztec pantheon along with the gods Tlaloc, Tezcatlipoca and Huitzilopochtli.

I´ve done this one in the hospital at the beginning of the year :) (u know, needles, nurses, and fatty doctors everywhere XD) as part of the deity set for "Myth: Phanteons", check it :)


PSCS/bamboo/6 Hours/music: Quetzalcoatl - Therion (this song is AWESOME alive!!!!!!!!!!, come back to Chile XD)

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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   General Artist
Aw that's so awesome
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alpha-Ikaros Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
such badass masterpiece with a bdass name!! I love it!
And I still can't pronounce that name hoho! :D
Africa2000 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Mayans are not stupid, the editor of all books are trying to scare you and go against them. Mayans are powerful people!:)
masximo18 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
the skys have a new ruler :)great work
LyokoStar Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
this reminds me of my Light End Dragon yugioh card!
TheWordMaster Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
This is so awesome! I've been looking for pictures of feathered serpents, and this one is by far the best!
LeafyHeart Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
super epic!!!
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