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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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They marvelled at the mysterious Olmec boulder heads, which still radiate brutal power, and at the reconstruction of the Temple of the Feathered Serpent at Teotihuacan, with its heavily stylised carvings of Quetzalcoatl, the bird-serpent god (Fig.
Supposedly, it is the birthplace over 1200 years ago of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god widely worshipped in ancient Mexico.
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
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
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.
2000 "The Iconography of the Feathered Serpent in Late Postclassic Central Mexico", in Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage: From Teotihuacan to the Aztecs, edited by David Carrasco, Lindsay Jones, and Scott Sessions, Boulder, University Press of Colorado, p.
And in 1948, Silverheels played the role of Diego, a Mexican thug, in Charlie Chan and the Feathered Serpent.
THEATRE PEOPLE FROM 60 countries gathered in Tampico, Mexico, from May 29 to June 4, for the 30th International Theatre Institute (ITI) World Congress, titled Quetzalcoatl, The Feathered Serpent.
My brother insists that there used to bea children's TV drama series called The Feathered Serpent and it starred a former Dr Who.