Who is the Aztec serpent god? Quetzalcoatl was the Aztec feathered-serpent god. He was a creator god who brought wind and rains. To the Maya, he was known as Kukulcan or Gucumatz.
What does the Aztec serpent symbolize? Serpents represented fertility, renewal and transformation, which go along with Quetzalcoatl’s godly duties and identity. The snake’s terrestrial habitat and periodic shedding of their skin suggest the connotation of fertility and renewal. The feathered serpent in particular symbolizes the union of earth and sky.
What did the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl do? He was known as the inventor of books and the calendar, the giver of maize (corn) to mankind, and sometimes as a symbol of death and resurrection. Quetzalcoatl was also the patron of the priests and the title of the twin Aztec high priests.
Why is Quetzalcoatl a serpent? Etymology. Quetzalcoatl’s name, which means “Feathered Serpent,” was derived from the Nahuatl words for the quetzal bird and “coatl,” meaning serpent. Unlike the newer gods of the Aztec pantheon, Quetzalcoatl shared his namesake with the feathered serpent deities of the K’iche’ Maya and the Yucatec Maya.