"How the Serpent Finds the Sky"
An analysis of the story of a boy who knows and worships Quetzalcoatl in the time of the arrival of the Spaniards.
# 6392 | 3,620 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Feb 08, 2003 in Anthropology (Cultural) , English (Creative Writing) , Latin-American Studies (Spanish Conquest and Colonization, 1520-1820) , Latin-American Studies (Incan, Mayan, Aztec Empires, up to 1520)
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A fictionalized description of Aztec cultural traditions and mythology as it might have been acted out in the lives of real people at the time of transition as Cortez conquered the empire of Moctezuma. The story is told by a young man, aged 17, who intended to become a shaman, as his world is overturned by the arrival of the Spaniards.
From the Paper:"Last night I sat again at the feet of my father in the Place of the Skulls listening to the Shaman, Izcalli, telling the same story I have heard so many times. My little brother, Cat, short for Ehecatl, sat at my side. Cat was named for the day when he was born, the second day of the month, called Ehecatl. And that day, in it's turn was named for Ehecatl, the God of the wind, road sweeper of the rain gods. This god, like many others is one of the many forms in which the great Quetzalcoatl reveals himself."
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