Sample Essay

According to accounts he was known as a warrior and a priest and was much revered by the Toltecs and the Aztecs. According to legend Quetzalcoatl was known as a God to his followers. His love for his people was so great that he demanded that they only sacrifice those lives which the gods deemed worthy. The lives of animals such as birds and snakes were taken in the place of humans. He also created the cult of the serpent whose blood was used to satiate the netherworld and to appease their gods so that they may forgive the sins of his people. He was so loved as a king and worshipped by so many that many subsequent priests claimed to be descendants of Quetzalcoatl saying it was their birthright to lead the people until he returned (Florescano, 1999).

During the time of the Toltecs a priest of the God Quetzalcoatl, described as fair-skinned and bearded by his enemies he was exiled, but vowed to return in the year of the one reed of the 52 Calendar cycle. In 1519 which was calculated to be one reed year from his exile the Spaniards lead by Hernán Cortés landed on the Gulf coast. He allied himself with the enemy of the Aztecs known as the Confederacy of Tlaxcala and caused the downfall of the Aztec capital effectively ending their civilization (History World, 2002).

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