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From: "M.Catlett" 
Subject: Re: Quetzalcoatl?
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 10:15:47 -0700 (PDT)

On Thu, 23 Oct 1997, Andrew Spitzer wrote
> Obviously there is at least a descriptive parallel between Q., the
> feathered serpant, and Hadit, who is described by A.C.'s interp. of the
> stele as the "winged snake of light". Q. was the first thing I thought of
> when I first read that bit, but I am not that familiar with the mythos.
> In your opinion, is there a connection here or is it just a coincidence? We
> are at least looking at cultures with a solar focus in common, yes?

Well - no, not to the extent that Egyptian culture *seemed* to be.
Quetzalcoatl was
one of the most powerful elements in the general mythos, but he was most
emphatically not a sun god. Quetzalcoatl and most serpents were associated
with water.   There is another type of  serpent, the xiuhcoatl, who
is *associated* with the sun but not identified with it.  I would tend to
think that this water/fire serpent would be more along the lines of the
snake of light - but was not winged.

The god who created/became the sun in this last Aztec iteration of worlds
was called the 'scabby god,' because he was covered in sores... a
stunted and sick being, he jumped
into a sacred fire to become the sun.  Which
sacrifice shamed the beautiful strong god who was hesitating to become the
sun so much that he jumped into (I forget what he jumped into) and became
the moon.

IMO, the image isn't just a coincidence; Crowley was no doubt aware of the
god Quetzalcoatl, though I doubt he understood him.  Plus, a mystical
flying-serpent/dragon creature is found in many traditional
cultures, even
if they don't all refer to the same set of associations.


There is just ONE god, he is the SUN god;
RA!  RA!  RA!
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