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n. Mythology
A god of the Toltecs and Aztecs, often represented as a plumed serpent, who was worshiped as co-creator of the world along with his adversary Tezcatlipoca.


(Other Non-Christian Religions) a god of the Aztecs and Toltecs, represented as a feathered serpent


(kɛtˌsɑl koʊˈɑt l)

an Aztec god, associated esp. with the arts of civilization and worshiped in a number of guises.
[< Sp Quetzalcóatl < Nahuatl Quetzalcōātl]
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The chief sights are the glorious 100ft high step pyramid Temple of Kukulkan, the feathered serpent, and the vast ball court where a particularly brutal game was played.
Before the Teotihuacans disappeared they hid the orbs at the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in tunnels so deep that it took scientists years of planning before they could even dig
For instance, the ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza, located in what is now Mexico, contains a stepped pyramid temple honoring a feathered serpent god named Kukulkan.
Recurring reptile mythology in a diversity of cultures, from Nachash in the Garden of Eden to Atum the Egyptian snake-man to Quetzalcotl the feathered serpent god of the Mayans, carries fascinating implications
Share the Art Print with students, explaining that Quetzalcoatl, the plumed or feathered serpent, is an ancient Mexican Aztec god comprised of a snake and a bird.
Chichen Itza's Temple of Kukulkan, the feathered serpent god of the Yucatec Maya, as rendered by Frederick Catherwood (1799-1854).
Teotihuacan, Mexico After eight months of excavation, archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have located, 12 meters below, the entrance to the tunnel leading to a series of galleries beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, in the archaeologcial area of Teotihuacan, where the remains of rulers of the ancient city could have been deposited.
Sugiyama (2005) describes and interprets finds at the Feathered Serpent Pyramid (also known as the Temple of Quetzalcoatl), within the 16ha Ciudadela complex, mostly from excavations in 1988-89.
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It also houses the Pyramid of the Sun and the Feathered Serpent Pyramid - devoted to the beloved Aztec God, Quetzalcoatl.
Besides the jaguar god and corn god, the pantheon of deities contained a fire god and feathered serpent, most likely the forerunner of the feathered serpent god called Kukulcan by the Maya.