Quetzalcoatl and Quetzals

QUgh! The letter Q!

It almost stumped me 😀

I was struggling to come up with anything in the paranormal theme for the letter Q. So my friend Graeme suggested either Quetzalcoatl or Qilin. I googled them…and when I discovered they are both mythical creatures – and dragons – that I hadn’t heard of before, I had to read on about both 🙂

Quetzalcoatl is an Aztec feathered serpent god. He was a flying serpent – much like a dragon – who marked the boundary, and travelled between, earth and sky. He contributed to the creation of mankind, and interestingly the Aztecs believed he came from an immaculate conception.

Vision Serpent from Yaxchilan. Michael Wal/Wikipedia
Vision Serpent from Yaxchilan. Michael Wal/Wikipedia

The earliest depictions of Quetzalcoatl are of the God looking like a serpent.

In Mayan culture a snake was often seen as the sky, and a vision serpent was a shamanic helper who showed Maya kings visions of the underworld.

As the centuries progressed, he became more and more human like, though he never lost his feathers 🙂

Quetzalcoatl was seen as the wind, the planet Venus, dawn; and was the patron god of arts, crafts, learning and knowledge and the Aztec priesthood.

Quetzal by Judd Patterson
Quetzal by Judd Patterson

The Aztecs believed that the animals quetzals, rattlesnakes, crows, and macaws represented Quetzalcoatl in daily life. I’d never heard of a quetzal, of course I had to google one. And look at this gorgeous creature!

Now imagine a dragon with these colours and that tail 😀

No wonder the ancient Aztecs and Mayans were so fond of their feathered serpent deity Quetzalcoatl.

Kim Cleary, Author

Kim Cleary

Kim writes paranormal stories with a intrigue, suspense and a hint of romance. She loves all animals, especially her dogs; and thrives on coffee and chocolate while writing and researching.

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