My Favourite Monster A-Z – Quetzalcoatl

October 21, 2012 at 12:10 am (fantasy, writing) (, , , , , , )

Both monster and deity, the Quetzalcoatl is a feathered serpent worshipped by various Mesoamericans, including the Mayans (the Mayan version not usually feathered) and the Aztecs. While often considered to be a benevolent spirit, a god of mercy, light, wind, learning, knowledge, culture, civilization, morning star (Venus) or fertility – and patron of priests, there was also the “war serpent” version of Quetzalcoatl, and some ancient artwork depicted the serpent devouring a man head first (in the Codex Telleriano-Remensis).

As history progressed, the feathered serpent lost some of its bestial look in the artwork that offered its likeness, having more and more human features with the passing of time.

Here is my sketch of Quetzalcoatl , in one of his less anthropomorphic forms. (There aren’t very many scary monsters out there starting with “Q”.)

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