Haiku Shuukan – Quetzalcoatl – August 10, 2014

logo haiku shuukanFor this week’s Shuukan, Chèvrefeuille writes:

“Another week has gone by … and so it is time for a new episode of our weekly haiku meme Haiku Shuukan. This week our prompt isn’t easy, because it starts with a Q and it refers to the once golden culture of the Inca. This week our prompt is Quetzalcoatl  the Sun God of the Inca.
So maybe your haiku can be about Sun, the Inca or the Andes for example. I hope you will be inspired by this prompt.

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majestic being
creator of warmth and growth
 Quetzalcoatl

sacrifices
to appease the great sun-god
blood flows at dawn

mists of the Andes
mysterious sun cult
guided a people

© G.s.k. ’14

We’ve all heard of the above aspect of the Inca culture and it’s hard to forget writing on the subject … what about the modern ideas about Quetzalcoatl:

alien visitor
from an unknown planet
Quetzalcoatl

© G.s.k. ’14

Or maybe I could write about Quetzalcoatl as though he were Ra:

first dawning rays
flash upon the mountain tops
bringing summer warmth

his face beams down
drying the Earth of night’s rain
Quetzalcoatl

© G.s.k. ’14

10 thoughts on “Haiku Shuukan – Quetzalcoatl – August 10, 2014

  1. Alien visitor… yes I’ve watched a few shows that explain the image of Quetzalcoatl as a space explorer – I think is in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chariots_of_the_Gods%3F by Erich von Däniken. There is so much debate on how the ancients could have achieved their wonders that supposedly aliens had to help.

    I like how you went from past to present. I think though that it was not so much Quetzalcoatl asking for sacrifices as it was the few priests in charge who wanted to maintain control over the many. I’ve also watch shows that explained how the ‘priests’ scared the masses with very fine trickery just to keep their elite priestly status. I think I read or heard somewhere that Quetzalcoatl was not violent at all but a promoter of peace and it was that sharing of knowledge that perhaps was too advanced for the people at that time that eventually skewed the works.

    Thanks for your visit and kind words.

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    • I have to admit that I know little about Quetzalcoatl, but I wouldn’t hesitate to believe that indeed the priests did their power thing as priests have done consistently throught out the ages and in so many different cultures that had little or nothing to be shared … except priests. The alien theme came fron Von Daniken’s book the Chariots of the Gods which did so much to create the lastest millenium scare (the Aztec calindar) I read it back in the 90s but remembered this part clearly.

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