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Myth Madness! Quetzalcoatl

So it was a bit hard to actually find a Mesopotamian hero that wasn’t really a god of some kind. Also most of their gods were… for lack of a better word, dicks.  That being said I wanted to do a bit more thought and research over one of the gods I have heard about the most throughout my young life.

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So he’s a feathered serpent. No really. Thats what his name is. Thing is he actually has been circulated around several different religions in Central America. Either way you slice it he was commonly known as the god of the morning star while his brother Xotol is the evening star. He seems like a decent fellow for a god honestly, he gave his people the calendar, corn, and books! To be less like his fellow gods it was rumored he was opposed to human sacrifice.

After some more scrounging, I found that apparently he’s even shown up in other religions. One in particular being Mormon. Now don’t laugh but here is a rather… silly section from said book.

-“The story of the life of the Mexican divinity, Quetzalcoatl, closely resembles that of the Savior; so closely, indeed, that we can come to no other conclusion than that Quetzalcoatl and Christ are the same being. But the history of the former has been handed down to us through an impure Lamanitish source, which has sadly disfigured and perverted the original incidents and teachings of the Savior’s life and ministry.” (Mediation and Atonement, p. 194.)-

Now I’m not really ratting on religion, some of my best friends are Mormon. (Looking at you Chellette!) Other instances of Quezy being mentioned was the landing of Cortez in mexico. The inhabitants thought of him as their god in human form. Though of course this is all scholarly speculation with a bit of stretching of one’s imagination and use of translation.

Maybe a bit of understanding how ancient people thought helps too. Honestly

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