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Santillana Ediciones Generales, S. This most recent book about Quetzalcoatl is not the first foray of Enrique Florescano into the issue, nor in all likelihood will it be the last.

Here, Quetzalcoahl investigates the pervasive role that Quetzalcoatl played in foundation myths in Mesoamerica. In essence, he posits that the mythical man-god, Quetzalcoatl, was “born” not in Tula, as has been proposed since the s, but rather in Teotihuacan, and is thus a much older legend ehrique currently accepted.

Florescano divides his work into nine chapters. In the first, Florescano considers corn as the essential element in Mesoamerican culture. More precisely, he looks at the iconography of the corn seed and the corncob.

He links these to the pervasive god depicted in Olmec culture, frequently called a were-jaguar, which Florescano converts into an early corn god. In the second chapter he considers the cycle of death and rebirth of the maize god among the Maya. He focuses especially on the legends of the young maize god as well as the other stories of rebirth and regeneration from the Popol Vuh.

The death and resurrection of the maize god become central to the myth cycles of Mesoamerica, and also parts of the maintenance of the cosmic equilibrium that sustains life. The third chapter changes focus to ancient Tollan. Florescano posits that the Tollan of the myths is not Tula, Hidalgo, as has been accepted for the last few decades, but rather Teotihuacan. Within Nahua legends, Teotihuacan is the place of the creation of the current world, the Fifth Sun. Florescano studies the iconography of Teotihuacan, specifically the figure of Quetzalcoatl and its diaspora throughout Mesoamerica to demonstrate the propagation of its myth culture.


Again Quetzalcoatl is closely linked to political theories of power and kingship.

In the fourth chapter, Florescano looks at the presence of the Quetzalcoatl myth in the iconography of several Post-Classic sites, including Xochicalco, Cacaxtla, florescajo Cholula. Consequently in the sixth chapter, Florescano looks at Tula, Hidalgo. Specifically he considers the legend of Ce Acatl Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl, the quasi-historical figure who ruled in Tula. With the fall of Tula in about the legend of the ruler Ce Acatl Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl, then spreads throughout Mesoamerica.

The god associated with him, however, is one of the avatars of Quetzalcoatl, namely Ehecatl, god of wind, whom Florescano argues is one of the gods of creation at Teotihuacan.

In the seventh chapter he traces the importance of Ehecatl and his confusion with Quetzalcoatl. The eighth chapter clorescano solely on the representation of Quetzalcoatl among the Mexica.

He associates Quetzalcoatl with royalty, qustzalcoatl, governance, in which Ehecatl is the progenitor and nature god. The ninth chapter serves as the conclusion for the work. He holds that the three images, Ehecatl god of natureQuetzalcoatl emblem of powerand Ce Acatl Floredcano Quetzalcoatl embodiment of governanceserved as metaphors within the Mesoamerican cultures.


While rooted in the most ancient myths and beliefs of Mesoamerica, they came to evolve at Teotihuacan, from where they spread throughout the region, to coalesce back in Tula, Hidalgo. From that point the three become interlinked, creating confusion among later scholars.


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