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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 first time I came to Cholula, which is two hours from Mexico City, I was naturally anxious to see its famous pyramid, as it is not only impossibly ancient (it's thought to be the home of Quetzacoatl, the key figure in most pre-Columbian religions) but also the largest pyramid in the world, larger than those in Egypt when measured in volume.
A life member in the Masonic Order, Beecroft is active in Scottish Rite and Shriners as well as a member of the Royal Order of Jesters and Order of Quetzacoatl and has held numerous offices throughout the United States.
On the other, it yields an Acosta always the writer semblable who sees his own silhouette in the Aztec warrior founder god Huitzilopochtli (p 11), speaks of himself as "Vato Numero Uno" (p13) and "singer of songs" (p 207), uses the court to give a parable history of Chicanismo with due allusion to Quetzacoatl, Moctezuma, Cortes and la Malinche through to 1848 and the "Anglo" appropriation of the southwest and its latterday aftermath, casts himself as first person and yet, alterity itself, third person participant in the Chicano Militant bombing of a Safeway store and Bank of America branch, and envisions himself as the carnal (brother/dude) edging into madness at the spies and fifth columnists, the delusions and betrayals, within Chicano activism.