Quetzalcoatl: Myth or God?


There is a legend from the native or original inhabitants of south America of a God named Quetzalcoatl. This God was described as a great white serpent god of the people and has many similarities to Christ. Quetzalcoatl is the god of the ancient Mexican, South and Central American natives.

These similarities are of interest to members of the church as they resemble the story of Christ in the book of Mormon in many ways. There are many things in common with this legend or myth that stand out and I’m sure many more that we could go into.

1.Quetzalcoatl is considered to be the creator of all things. He made the heavens and the earth. The land and the sea. The stars, planets and all that is in them We learn from the book of Mormon that Christ is the creator of all things. (Saenz 1962:19, 40) Mosiah 4:2

And they had aviewed themselves in their own bcarnal state, even cless than the dust of the earth. And they all cried aloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply the datoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be epurified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who fcreated heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men.

This verse of scripture also alludes to the fact that Christ would come down among the children of men. Quetzalcoatl also came down among the people of ancient south America.

2. Quetzalcoatl was born of a virgin according to belief and myth. We learn both from the bible and book of Mormon that Christ was born of a virgin.(Gamiz 95)  Luke chapter 1 vs 26-31

And in the sixth month the aangel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

To a avirgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among awomen.

And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

And the angel said unto her, aFear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name aJesus.

Alma 7:10

And behold, he shall be aborn of Mary, at bJerusalem which is the cland of our forefathers, she being a dvirgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and econceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.

3. Quetzalcoatl was described as being white in appearance or wearing a white robe when he made his appearance to the people of south America. (Torquemada 47) 3 Nephi 11:8

And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they asaw a Man bdescending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.

4. Quetzalcoatl performed miracles for the people of south America. We know from both biblical accounts as well as book of Mormon that Christ performed many miracles. (Sejourne 136‑137) There are 2 many scripture reference to list them all so I will just use  3 Nephi 26:15

And it came to pass that after he had ascended into heaven—the second time that he showed himself unto them, and had gone unto the Father, after having ahealed all their sick, and their lame, and opened the eyes of their blind and unstopped the ears of the deaf, and even had done all manner of cures among them, and raised a man from the bdead, and had shown forth his power unto them, and had ascended unto the Father—

5. The ordinance of baptism was taught by Christ and Quetzalcoatl (Irwin 1963:170)  3 Nephi 11:23;

Verily I say unto you, that whoso repenteth of his sins through your awords, and bdesireth to be baptized in my name, on this wise shall ye baptize them—Behold, ye shall go down and cstand in the water, and in my name shall ye baptize them.

6. Both Christ and Quetzalcoatl prophesied of future events. (Ixtlilxochitl: 40) In the book of Luke chapter 21 vs 8-12 is one example

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

  But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

Then said he unto them, aNation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

  And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and apestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

  But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and apersecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

7.Christ and Quetzalcoatl were universal gods throughout the world and ancient America. (3 Nephi 16: 1; Sejourne 1962) 3rd Nehpi 16:1 reads

And verily, verily, I say unto you that I have aother sheep, which are not of this land, neither of the land of Jerusalem, neither in any parts of that land round about whither I have been to minister.

8.Much destruction and mayhem accompanied the appearance of christ as well as Quetzalcoatl. ( Ixtlilxochitl: 40)

3rd Nephi 8:5 And it came to pass in the athirty and fourth year, in the first month, on the fourth day of the month, there arose a great bstorm, such an one as never had been known in all the land.

9. The Cross a common symbol throughout Christianity was also a symbol of Quetzalcoatl. (Irwin 1963:165). 3rd Nephi 27:14 reads

And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil—

10. Christ organized disciples not just in the new world but the old world as well. Quetzalcoatl also had his disciples which were organized  (Wirth 1978:55). 3rd Nephi 12:1 says

aAnd it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words unto Nephi, and to those who had been called, (now the number of them who had been called, and received power and authority to bbaptize, was ctwelve) and behold, he stretched forth his hand unto the multitude, and cried unto them, saying: dBlessed are ye if ye shall give heed unto the words of these twelve whom I have echosen from among you to minister unto you, and to be your servants; and unto them I have given power that they may baptize you with water; and after that ye are baptized with water, behold, I will baptize you with fire and with the Holy Ghost; therefore blessed are ye if ye shall believe in me and be baptized, after that ye have seen me and know that I am.

11. Both Christ and Quetzalcoatl promised they would come a second time. ( Sahagun 1:40)  2 Nephi 6:14 says

And behold, according to the words of the prophet, the Messiah will set himself again the asecond time to recover them; wherefore, he will bmanifest himself unto them in power and great glory, unto the cdestruction of their enemies, when that day cometh when they shall believe in him; and none will he destroy that believe in him.

12.Christs appearance was accompanied with a new star, as was Quetzalcoatl (3  Anales de Cuauhtitlan 7) 3rd Nephi 1:21 reads

And it came to pass also that a new astar did appear, according to the word.

13. Like Quetzalcoatl those who follow christ were told they would become heirs of the earth (Ixtlilxochitl: 40) 4 Nephi 1:17

There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of -ites; but they were in aone, the children of Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God.

Given the many similarity’s between Christ and Quetzalcoatl there can be no doubt, at least in this Christian bloggers mind, that Christ and Quetzalcoatl are in reality the same person. We know from the book of Mormon that Christ did in fact visit the people of south America. The ancient peoples of south America claim to be visited by a God that came to be know as Quetzalcoatl. Can there be any doubt as to who this God is in reality?

As John Taylor once said The story of the life of the Mexican divinity, Quetzalcoatl, closely resembles that of the Savior; so closely, indeed, that we can come to no other conclusion than that Quetzalcoatl and Christ are the same being. But the history of the former has been handed down to us through an impure Lamanitish source, which has sadly disfigured and perverted the original incidents and teachings of the Savior’s life and ministry.






By Andrew McLean Posted in Orginals