Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.
The"feathered serpent" was one of the most important deities in Teotihuacan (Mes-American/pre-Aztec) civilization. Quetzalcoatl seemed to be closely related to vegetation for some time until a subgroup of Aztecs migrated from the north, and the interpretation of the god underwent a major overhaul.
Since this new group practiced war and human sacrifice to pay homage to the skies, Quetzalcoatl was a god now associated with the heavens. As the Aztecs continued to settle in the Teotihuacan area, the deity continued to evolve. During the 12-16 centuries, Quetzalcoatl became a patron of priests and a symbol of death and resurrection.
There are so many interesting stories surrounding Quetzalcoatl, which range from his virginal birth to him fighting (and losing) to another god. But the funniest tale involves him getting tricked by another deity to become drunk. Intoxicated, he had sex with a celibate priestess and then burned himself as punishment.
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I am the author of The Mechanica Wars series. The first book, Dragonfly Warrior, will be published in January, 2014 by 4 Wing Press.
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