was originally mortal and many claimed descent from him.
As an immortal, his representation varied greatly.
In his name priests undertook teaching and instruction of the young.
As Lord of the Wind, Quetzalcoatl wore a doglike mask and according
to legend was so ugly he concealed it by manifesting as a feathered
Principally he was a benevolent deity with human weaknesses as well
as godlike strength.
When the Aztecs took power from the Toltecs they adopted Quetzalcoatl.
Eventually Quetzalcoatl was defeated by a sinister god, Tezcatlipoca,
who was ironically often depicted as a handsome man.
Before leaving, Quetzalcoatl promised to return to his people.
When Hernando Cortes entered Mexico, the inhabitants believed him to
be Quetzalcoatl coming back to complete the last of the four prophesied
periods of time dividing existence.