Origin: Mesoamerican mythology
His name meaning ‘feather serpent’, he is related to the gods of wind, the arts, and knowledge. In human form, he appears as a warrior adorned with feathers.
According to a story, disputes occurred between those who favored Quetazalcoatl, a priestly king, and the followers of Tezcatlipoca, a jaguar shaped shaman who demanded human sacrifice. Once Tezcatlipoca tricked Quetzalcoatl into getting drunk, he committed incest with his sister. Filled with remorse, Quetzalcoatl exiled himself from Tula, a small band of followers accompanying him.
There are different versions of what happens next. Some stories have the god journey to the Gulf of Mexico, setting himself on fire and turning into the morning star. Another has him set sail with a promise to return. One story says that, because Quetzalcoatl though his face was ugly, he grew a beard and wore a white mask.