Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire: Myths and Prophecies by Davíd Carrasco

By Davíd Carrasco

"Like J. Eric Thompson, Carrasco has utilized an educated mind's eye to spot the various ways in which principles may possibly lie in the back of fabric form."
- American Anthropologist

"A needs to for either expert and critical non-professional scholars in Mesoamerica. people who are drawn to complicated society and urbanism more often than not, in addition to scholars of comparative faith, will locate it stimulating. most significantly, for somebody drawn to the historical past of principles, the publication illuminates the greatly strong effect and position of a fancy deity/mythico-historical determine in shaping one of many world's nice pristine civilizations."
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His kingdom is portrayed as an ideal natural and social landscape, and he is described as the discoverer of valuable stones, feathers, cotton, and birds. Also, he is a marvelous craftsman. He begins to build a great temple with feathered serpent columns, but cannot complete it. This paradise crumbles through the tricks of his rival Tezcatlipoca who, angry that the king will not sacrifice humans, leads him to drunkenness and an apparent incestuous episode with his sister Quetzalpetlatl. Stricken with grief, Quetzalcoatl departs from Tollan and arrives at Tlapallan-Tlatlayan, where he sacrifices himself by fire and is transformed into the Morning Star.

The prototype of the Telleriano-Remensis copy was sent to the Vatican library and copied again; this copy became known as Vaticanus A. This important source contains 30 The Sources: From Storybook to Encyclopedia two sections missing entirely from the Telleriano-Remensis. The Vaticanus A was copied after 1569. The prototype for both codex copies was lost! The annotations on the Vaticanus A were done by at least two scribes who copied an earlier Italian translation of a Spanish text. To complicate the situation, the final annotations were done by a Spaniard who had an imperfect knowledge of Italian.

55 Later on, he participates in the creation of man's most important food, corn. Referred to later as Ce Acatl, the culture hero follows some of the lines of his career in the Anales version, with an account of his unusual birth and the recovery of his murdered father's bones, but it differs in its emphasis on the vicious revenge sacrifice of his uncles. And Ce Acatl is pictured as a ruler of Tollan who becomes a military conqueror, eventually reaching Tlapallan, where he falls sick, dies, and is burned on a funeral pyre.

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