Front view of an ancient Aztec carving depicting Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed
Serpent. The carving is from the Quetzalcoatl Temple at Teotihuacan, Mexico.
To see the side view of the serpent head, click on the image.
Image courtesy of Corel Corporation.
Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli is an Aztec deity representing the planet Venus
and an apparition of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent. Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli means "Lord of the House of Dawn." He was the lord of the twelfth hour of the day.
The Aztec rituals were enacted when the Sun, (Huitzilopochtli) was in a particular position in the sky in relation to the position of the planet Venus, identified with Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, and that of the Pleiades, known by the Aztecs as
Tianquiztli. Even today we can admire at Tula, an important archaeological site in Mexico, the temple of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, dedicated to the planet Venus.
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