The Gospel of the Toltecs: The Life and Teachings of QuetzalcoatlPaperback
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- Publisher: Bear & Company
- Format: Paperback | 248 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 18mm | 340g
- Publication date: 25 July 2002
- Publication City/Country: Rochester, VT
- ISBN 10: 187918186X
- ISBN 13: 9781879181861
- Edition: 1
- Edition statement: Original ed.
- Illustrations note: 86 b&w illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,229,036
A compilation of the teachings of Quetzalcoatl, avatar of the Toltecs, reconstructed from original source texts and the legends told at his birthplace in Amatlan, Morelos, Mexico. - The first complete historical account of the life and teachings of Quetzalcoatl, the most important figure in Mesoamerican spirituality. - Includes 86 chronological teaching stories accompanied by 27 codex illustrations. Quetzalcoatl Ce Acatl (born in A.D. 947)--whose stature has been compared to that of Christ, Buddha, and Krishna--was the key figure in the development of the spiritual culture of the Toltecs. In "The Gospel of the Toltecs" the author has gathered Nahua and Maya codexes, Spanish chronicles of conquest, and native oral tradition to recount the life of Quetzalcoatl: his temptation and fall; his initiation with sacred mushrooms; his long journey in search of spiritual enlightenment; his triumphant return to the Toltec land; and his subsequent teaching, self-immolation, ascension, and promise of return. Quetzalcoatl's teachings make up the Toltecayotl, or Toltequity--the art of intentional doing--which provides an initiatic guide for the transformation of individuals and society, while his personal history is a guide for the development of "Nahualli," the magical side of human awareness. For all those who wish to deepen their knowledge of the roots of Toltec spirituality or who wish to grow from the teachings of one of the world's great spiritual leaders, "The Gospel of the Toltecs" offers a unique and authentic access to the life and ministry of one of the most important figures in the ancient world.
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Frank Diaz is an anthropological investigator focusing on shamanic studies, Nahuatl language, and Mesoamerican traditions. His other books include "Quetzalcoatl's Avatars" and "Toltec Wisdom: The Original Teachings of Quetzalcoatl." Born in Cuba, he currently lives in Mexico and teaches classes on Toltec traditions at Cuernavaca University.
"With more than 85 illustrations from an original codex, "The Gospel of the Toltecs" truly meets its objective of teaching the secrets of the Toltecs, since in the indigenous cultures it was common to teach through the pictography. We all know that a simple picture can say more than 1000 words."