Quetzalcoatl who forms part of Mesoamerican literature and is a deity whose name comes from the Nahuatl language and means the “feathered serpent”. The worship of a feathered serpent is first documented in Teotihuacan in the first century BC or first century AD. That period lies within the Late Preclassic to Early Classic period (400 BC to 600 AD) of Mesoamerican chronology, and veneration of the figure appears to have spread throughout Mesoamerica by the Late Classic period (600 to 900 AD). In the Postclassic period (900 to 1519 AD), the worship of the feathered serpent deity was based in the primary Mexican religious center of Cholula. It is in this period that the deity is known to have been named “Quetzalcoatl” by his Nahua followers. In the Maya area, he was approximately equivalent to Kukulkan and Gukumatz, names that also roughly translate as “feathered serpent” in different Mayan languages. Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of wind and learning, wears around his neck the “wind breastplate ” ehecailacocozcatl, “the spirally voluted wind jewel” made of a conch shell.
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