The Myans and the Tiwanaku both have tales of a tall white man with a long white beard and elongated head coming to them and teaching them how to build these pyramids and various other things.They called him Quetzalcoatl[/quote]
What’s interesting about the elongated head part is the shape of the heads on Easter Island, as well as a couple ancient cultures using devices to lengthen their own skulls.
This could mean either they were transforming themselves into the image of their god, OR that they simply created their god in their version of perfection.
Also, not to bust your balls Horsepuss, but I’ve always learned about Quetzalcoatl as a giant with a headress, holding a snake. However, I can’t prove that’s any more correct than your version.[/quote]
yeah I know the pic you posted is the same one on wikipedia, All the experts who have been on history channel explain Quetzalcoatl the way I did.Who knows, When the fairly light skinned spanish arrived in south america and the Mayans saw them they thought it was Quetzalcoatls return.[/quote]
I can’t seem to find an article on it, but there was a theory mentioned that Cortes’ easy infiltration of the Aztec culture was due to an Aztec consort he had captured from one of the vassal states surrounding TenochtitlÃ??Ã?Â¡n. He used her to convince Moctezuma that he was the return of Quetzalcoatl.
Not sure how much merit that has, but it would make sense considering that even the extra superstitious Aztec wouldn’t just let a bunch of strange men waltz in and occupy their city.[/quote]
We discussed this in my Colonial Latin America class this past semester. While it is debated, it is generally accepted that there was some trickery on Cortez’s part regarding quetzalcoatl and prophecy. This did not guarantee him victory however, as he and his army was forced to flee the city, then return in force to conquer it.[/quote]
if i remember correctly, they were forced to flee because one of his lieutenants Alvarado was treating the Aztecs like slaves. Cortes wasn’t able to assuage them which caused his men to flee and return later after they conquered more of the surrounding natives.
and Horsepuss, i’m checking the link now, thanks.