The Sacred Quetzal Feather

The people of MesoAmerica revered the feathers of the resplendent quetzal bird (Pharomachrus mocinno). The resplendent quetzal was considered divine and associated with the “snake god” by Pre-Columbian MesoAmericans. The Maya had a symbolic system of colors: black for weapons (obsidian), yellow for food (corn), red for war (blood), and blue for sacrifice. The royal color was green, the color of Kukulkan —the feathered serpent god. <See: The Sacred Colors of the Maya> The colors of the resplendent quetzal were that of the feathered serpent god, Kukulkan, also known as Q’uq’umatz by the Maya…

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The Sacred Colors of the Maya

The ancient Maya believed that certain colors were sacred and had significant spiritual meaning behind them. They believed that these specific sacred colors represented the “Four Cardinal Directions” (North, East, South and West) as well as representative to the various gods within their complex religious belief system. Each direction had various items within their respective color that were associated with it as well. These items were often included with sacrifices to represent their color, the associated gods, and sacred direction. According to the Book of Chilam Balam; The color red…

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