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"The Feathered Serpent"

Quetzalcoatl

     Quetzalcoatl is known as the "Feathered Serpent of Ancient Mexico". He received his name at Xochicalco, a religious school, from a group of teachers that were impressed with his wisdom. He is the god of human sustenance, self-sacrifice, re-birth and butterflies. He was a god of such importance and power that every aspect of everyday life seemed to be touched by him. As a historical figure, his actions could not be contained by the History and eventually evolved into myth.

    Quetzalcoatl was often portrayed as an old man with black beard. On his neck he wore a "Wind Gem" made of marine shell and on his head he had a hat made of jaguar fur. There was a sharp bone attached to his hat, allowing blood to trickle down in a manner that would allow him to feed off of it. His mouth was often covered with a red mask in shape of a bird beak. This particular mask shows that he is the Wind God Ehecatl. This is one of the main gods God of wind, light, and Venus.