By Roman Pina Chan
El símbolo, el mito y el culto de Quetzalcóatl tienen un origen múltiple: el agua y los angeles tierra se unieron en un principio en l. a. imagen de los angeles fertilidad resumida en l. a. serpiente-jaguar; más tarde se agregó a ésta un elemento celeste —la lluvia, el agua que viene de las alturas— y nació el pájaro-serpiente; los pueblos teocráticos, finalmente, elevaron estas concepciones al ámbito de las deidades y terminaron representando a los angeles nube de los angeles lluvia, portadora, propiciadora de los angeles fertilidad, como una serpiente emplumada o quetzallicóatl. Con el tiempo, el pájaro-serpiente se antropomorfizó: así surgió el dios Quetzalcóatl, hombre, pájaro y serpiente, simbolizado en el planeta Venus, estrella matutina y vespertina. Deidad twin, tuvo un impresionante culto a lo largo y ancho de Mesoamérica y recibió diversos nombres. Los gobernantes-sacerdotes del mundo mesoamericano que llevaron su nombre llegaron a ser confundidos con el dios y —ya sea por sus obras benéficas o por sus hechos hazañosos— elevados al rango de héroes deificados. A los angeles llegada de los españoles, el culto de Quetzalcóatl conservaba vigencia y aún se representaba al dios en esculturas y códices.
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Quetzalcóatl: Serpiente emplumada by Roman Pina Chan