Meridians: April 2008

Meridians: April 2008

Meridians: April 2008

The prehispanic god Quetzalcoatl (Quetzal: feather and Cóatl: snake) was actually a Viking warrior who was shipwrecked on the Mexican shores after a hurricane circa 1000 AD. 'Feathered Serpent' is an Aztec deity.

This is what the Canadian Lucie Dufresne says in her novel Quetzalcoatl: The Hurricane Man.

"My father used to tell me when I was a child that in Mexico there was a red-bearded god",

The chronicles of the conquest of Mexico tell how the late Aztec emperor, Moctezuma, was afraid of "the divinity of Hernan Cortes" and demanded that he show him his helmet to verify if it was the same as the one described by his archives. Quetzalcoatl.

"When I read that to me it was a big shock, because my father was right, so I decided to write the story to see how far that hypothesis was crazy or plausible."

The novel tells the life of the first Viking who arrived on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Ari, who had the red beard and was the natural son of Erick the Red, and how he became one of the most important gods of the Most of Mesoamerican cultures, Quetzalcoatl.

Ari arrived in Mexico after shipwreck together to Melkolf, a Catholic Irish slave, and to be found by the Toltecs.

The work describes his journey from Greenland to Mexico, his first years as a prisoner, his accession to the throne, his consecration as "demigods" his removal and exile, and his recovery of power in another pre-Columbian civilization of the area, the Maya.

It takes place in the cities (today archeological sites) of Tula, El Tajin and Chichen Itza, Although the character of Ari is totally fictional, Dufresne worked hard on the information he handled in the novel and used legends of prehispanic cultures, chronicles of Spanish conquerors and archaeological data.

He also found similarities between the Viking culture and pre-Hispanic cultures, as both attach great value to warriors, merchants and honor.

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In addition he investigated the trajectories of ocean currents and hurricanes, and visited in person the places he mentions in the novel, trying to be precise with landscapes and even smells.

For the story was based in part on the avatars of the Spanish Gonzalo Guerrero and Jerónimo de Aguilar , conquerors who after a shipwreck fell into the hands of the Maya in the early sixteenth century.

The first of them adapted to the culture and became a great Maya leader who died fighting the Spanish conquistadors .

The second, although he learned the Mayan language, never adapted, was rescued by Hernán Cortés and fought alongside him as a translator.

The book was originally published in 2003 in French in Canada, and is now being edited for the first time in Spanish.

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