He was one of the most human-loving of the gods in the Aztec pantheon. It was the nobility who created the prophecy, a series of omens and signs, and claimed that Motecuhzoma truly believed Cortes to have been Quetzalcoatl. Talking of sacrifice, in yet another myth, Tezcatlipoca tricks Quetzalcoatl into getting drunk by on pulque alcoholic drink fermented from the sap of maguey plant by masking it as a medicinal drink.
Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. Statue of Quetzalcoatl as a feathered serpent. Believing that he was looking at his own imperfect image, Quetzalcoatl decided to leave the world and threw himself onto a funeral pyre. As an Aztec deity, he was one of four sons of the creator god Ometeotl, associated with the wind god, and the patron god of arts and knowledge.
Some legends describe him as opposed to human sacrifice  while others describe him practicing it.
The double symbolism used by the Feathered Serpent is considered allegoric to the dual nature of the deity, where being feathered represents its divine nature or ability to fly to reach the skies and being a serpent represents its human nature or ability to creep on the ground among other animals of the Earth, a dualism very common in Mesoamerican deities.
They maintained a major pilgrimage and commercial center at Cholula, Puebla which the Spaniards compared to both Rome and Mecca because the cult of the god united its constituents through a field of common social, political, and religious values without dominating them militarily.
It is also suggested that he was a son of Xochiquetzal and Mixcoatl. Mysyk, Darlene Avis. When Mictlantecuhtli proved unwilling to give them back, Quetzalcoatl stole the bones.
Consequently, her hair and skin give way to trees and flowers, while her eyes and nose account for the caverns and springs. The first culture to use the symbol of a feathered serpent as an important religious and political symbol was Teotihuacan.