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Kukulcan
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Kukulcan

Kukulcan (pron. Koo-kool-kan) is the name of a feathered serpent god in the mythology and religion of Mesoamerica, in particular, the Yucatec Maya. He is also identified as the feathered serpent god Quetzalcóatl by the Toltecs and Aztecs...
Chichen Itza
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, located at the northern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula of modern Mexico, was a Maya city which was later significantly influenced by the Toltec civilization. Flourishing between c. 750 and 1200 CE, the site is rich in monumental...
The Mayan Pantheon: The Many Gods of the Maya
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

The Mayan Pantheon: The Many Gods of the Maya

The pantheon of the Maya is a vast collection of deities who were worshipped throughout the region which, today, comprises Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico and southward through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador...
Toltec Civilization
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Toltec Civilization

The Toltec civilization flourished in ancient central Mexico between the 10th and mid-12th centuries. Continuing the Mesoamerican heritage left to them by earlier cultures, the Toltecs built an impressive capital at Tollan. Ultimately, they...
Kukulcan Sculpture, Chichen Itza
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Kukulcan Sculpture, Chichen Itza

A representation of the feathered-serpent god Kukulkan at the base of the Castillo or Pyramid of Kukulcan at the Maya (and possibly later Toltec) centre of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. The pyramid was built prior to 1050 CE.
Staircase, Pyramid of Kukulcan, Chichen Itza
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Staircase, Pyramid of Kukulcan, Chichen Itza

The Castillo or Pyramid of Kukulcan at the Maya (and possibly later Toltec) centre of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. The pyramid was a temple built in honour of the Maya feathered-serpent god Kukulkan, pre-11th century CE.
Shadow Effects of the Pyramid of Kukulcan
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Shadow Effects of the Pyramid of Kukulcan

The Castillo or Pyramid of Kukulcan at the Maya (and possibly later Toltec) centre of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. The pyramid was built prior to 1050 CE as a temple to honour the Maya feathered-serpent god Kukulkan. The steps create a...
The Temple of Kukulcan (El Castillo) at Chichen Itza
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The Temple of Kukulcan (El Castillo) at Chichen Itza

Famously known as El Castillo (the castle)this is the Temple of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza. Note the rope in the picture descending from the top of the pyramid. This is to aid visitors in their climb to the top and back but, still, it is not...
Quetzalcóatl
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Quetzalcóatl

Quetzalcóatl (pron. Quet-zal-co-at) or 'Plumed Serpent' was one of the most important gods in ancient Mesoamerica. A mix of bird and rattlesnake, his name is a combination of the Nahuatl words quetzal (the emerald plumed bird) and coatl (serpent...
Ehecatl
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Ehecatl

Ehecatl was a Mesoamerican god of air and winds, especially those which brought rains. Regarded as a manifestation of the great feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl, he was sometimes known as Quetzalcoatl-Ehecatl, in which guise he helped create...
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