Legend of Quetzalcoatl part 2 VM#24


One day, Tezcatlipoca disguised himself as an old man and brought a gift to Quetzalcoatl, who received it with great joy and humility, realizing that it  was a maguey that brought forth a delicious liquid.   However, what Quetzalcoatl didn’t know was that the delicious liquid was octli or pulque“, anintoxicating drink which had yet to be discovered. Quetzalcoatl drank it with pleasure; he drank and sang like never before. He was so ecstatic that, being filled with carnal desires, he took as his woman Quetzalpetatl, a priestess belonging to his cult, thus breaking his celibacy.  The next morning he felt utterly unclean and made the hardest decision of his life, for he was no longer worthy to lead Tollan. He headed for the sea, built a boat out of snakes and sailed toward the setting sun, promising the Toltecs to return to Tollan in the year Ce Acatl to avenge forthe betrayal.  Coincidentally, that same pre-Hispanic year was the year 1519 AD, the year when the first Spaniards arrived on the very coast by which Quetzalcoatl disappeared. On the other hand, according to some historians, the representations of Quetzalcoatl depict him as a tall and bearded white male. That’s why it is assured that this notable personage may have been, in fact, genuine: a Viking who reached the shores of the Gulf of Mexico to later become the god of theToltecs, because of all the new knowledge that he instilled. The most remarkable thing about this story is that it was precisely because of these physical characteristics and the golden glow of his armor and clothing, that the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes, was mistaken for this god. The dates coincided, as well as the omens promised by the magicians and Aztec priests, so that an entire civilization, believing in these prophecies, immediately thought of the return of Quetzalcoatl.  Unfortunately, they realized too late that this god was nothing more than a man who came in search of gold and who was willing to end entirely with a great civilization. The great Quetzalcoatl is remembered, therefore, as an exemplary governor and politician, a civilizing hero; as the inventor of the calendar, the discoverer of corn, a master farmer, the inventor of the art of smelting metals, a precious stone carver, judge and jurist and as the unifying god of the world.  His importance was such that many Hispanic cultures worshiped him, whether as Quetzalcoatl orKukulcan. His teachings reached different civilizations, including the OlmecMayaMixtec andToltec,  and the Aztecs. Even more puzzling is  the fact that all cultures described him similarly, with only minor variations. Quetzalcoatl  is the main protagonist of many of the major Mesoamerican myths and legends that continue to intrigue us.


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