Photographer's Note

Melbourne was privileged recently in hosting an exhibition of Aztec artefacts, codexes and sculptures. My eye was drawn to this sculpture as I had known about Quetzalcoatl for many years. He looked a little forlorn so far from home.

Among the Aztecs, whose beliefs are the best-documented in the Spanish historical sources, Quetzalcoatl was, as his name indicates, a feathered serpent, a flying reptile (much like a dragon), who was a boundary-maker (and transgressor) between earth and sky. He was a creator deity having contributed essentially to the creation of Mankind. He also had anthropomorphic forms, for example in his aspects as Ehecatl the wind god. Among the Aztecs, the name Quetzalcoatl was also a priestly title.By the way, you can see stylized wing feathers on the right side.

Quetzalcoatl was related to gods of the wind, of Venus, of the dawn, of merchants and of arts, crafts and knowledge. He was also the patron god of the Aztec priesthood, of learning and knowledge.Quetzalcoatl was one of several important gods in the Aztec pantheon, along with the gods Tlaloc, Tezcatlipoca and Huitzilopochtli.

I plan to post a few more images from this amazing exhibition which showcased intricate gold jewellery, exquisite ceramics, complex sculptures and even sacrificial alters where the still beating hearts of the sacrificial victims were placed. It was hard to look at this “furniture”, knowing that a poor man’s or child’s last moments were spent in absolute horror, whether they died willingly or not. I say willingly for the belief was that if one died in sacrifice, one was reincarnated as a hummingbird or a butterfly without the mandatory probation period spent in darkness.

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  • Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3042 W: 103 N: 5283] (23607)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-07-24
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Exposure: f/3.5, 1/15 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-08-10 6:42
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