Saturday, August 30, 2008

Disney Mythology part II

Once you get past that big golf ball at Epcot, you enter the world showcase, which (sadly enough) is devoid of Ancient Greece. It does, however, have a large Aztec pyramid sitting in the Mexico section. I took this picture on the outside of the pyramid. What you cannot see is the snakes running up the stairs beside the the picture.

The guy in this picture, from what I can figure from my own thinking and from what I've researched on it, is the most famous of all Aztec gods, Quetzalcoatl, a creator god and a sky god. If you want to know how to correctly pronounce his name, you need to go to and learn how to pronounce Nahuatl words. If not, you can refer to him by one of his major titles - Feathered Serpent and Precious Twin.

The Feathered Serpent name comes from quetzal which is a type of bird and coatl which means snake or serpent.

The Precious Twin comes from being, well, a twin. His brother's name is Black Tezcatlipoca so just to make it hard on young Aztec students, Quetzalcoatl also goes by White Tezcatlipoca. Venus is associated with them When Venus is seen at night (which it barely is now, low in the west right after sunset), it is Black Tezcatlipoca. When Venus is seen in the morning, it is Quetzalcoatl.

This pyramid is inside the pyramid at Epcot center. It is a Mayan pyramid. I'll need to do more study to learn the difference between the two. It is by far the best place in the world showcase at Epcot. There is even a neat little river ride that goes right in front of this pyramid and you get to chase down Donald as he runs through Mexico or you can just eat here in front of the pyramid and volcano (plus it is air conditioned). When you leave the Aztec pyramid, it is hard not to look back and wonder how so much was fit into that pyramid. It just doesn't look big enough. But hey! That is the magic of Disney!

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