Quetzalcoatl “Lord of the Ballgame, Underworld, and the planet Venus”


By Carl de Borhegyi

The photograph is from the Justin Kerr Data Base, of a Classic period figurine K7191, depicting the bearded god-king Quetzalcoatl as Lord of the Ballgame, and thus ruler of the Underworld. Nahua manuscripts (The Annals of Cuauhtitlan) record that Lord Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl invented the ballgame. The figurine depicts Quetzalcoatl as the Feathered Serpent sitting atop a three-step ballcourt throne, adorned with twin serpent-heads, linking Quetzalcoatl with the ballgame, the Underworld and the planet Venus.

A passage from the Anales de Quauhtitlán states that, “at the time when the planet was visible in the sky (as the Evening Star) Quetzalcoatl died. And when Quetzalcoatl was dead he was not seen for four days; they say that he dwelt in the underworld, and for four more days he was bone (that is, he was emaciated, he was weak); not until eight days had passed did the great star appear; that is, as the Morning Star. They said that then Quetzalcoatl ascended the throne as god” (Aveni,1980:187).


About deborhegyi
My research was inspired by a theory first proposed by my father, the late Maya archaeologist Dr. Stephan F. de Borhegyi, that hallucinogenic mushroom rituals were a central aspect of Maya religion. He based this theory on his identification of a mushroom stone cult that came into existence in the Guatemala Highlands and Pacific coastal area around 1000 B.C. along with a trophy head cult associated with human sacrifice and the Mesoamerican ballgame. My study, which is exclusively my own work, presents visual evidence that both the hallucinogenic Amanita muscaria mushroom and the Psilocybin mushroom were worshiped and venerated as gods in ancient Mesoamerica. These sacred mushrooms were so cleverly encoded in the religious art of the New World, "Hidden in Plain Sight" that prior to this study they virtually escaped detection. This online research study, "BREAKING THE MUSHROOM CODE" is an enormous document containing over 300 images, is presented in five parts at this time (the Home Page, Soma in the Americas, Part I and Part II, and 2012 Alert ). In the course of my study have found an abundance of archaeological evidence supporting the proposition that Mesoamerica, the high cultures of South America, and Easter Island shared, along with many other New World cultures, elements of a Pan American belief system so ancient that many of the ideas may have come from Asia to the New World with the first human settlers. I believe the key to this entire belief system lies, as proposed by R. Gordon Wasson, in early man's discovery of the mind-altering effects of various hallucinatory substances. The accidental ingestion of these hallucinogenic substances could very well have provided the spark that lifted the mind and imagination of these early humans above and beyond the mundane level of daily existence to contemplation of another reality. In summary, the encoded mushroom imagery occurred with such frequency and in such indisputably religious context that there can be no doubt as to their importance in the development and practice of indigenous religion.

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