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PronouncedPron.kwet-səl-KWAH-təl English

Meaning & History

Means "feathered snake" in Nahuatl, derived from quetzalli "feather" and coatl "snake". In Aztec and other Mesoamerican mythology he was the god of the sky, wind, and knowledge, also associated with the morning star. According to one legend he created the humans of this age using the bones of humans from the previous age and adding his own blood.


Depiction of QuetzalcoatlDepiction of Quetzalcoatl


animals, birds, fauna, gods, morning star, mythology, nature, sky, sky deities, snakes, stars, wisdom
Entry updated October 20, 2016   Contribute