3 Reading 3-1 literature, Quetzalcoatl was described as (from Prescott, 1936): God of the air, a divinity who, during his residence on earth, instructed the natives in the use of metals, in agriculture, and in the arts of government. ..Under him, the earth teemed with fruits and f owers, without the pains of culture. An ear of Indian corn was as much as a single man could carry. The cotton, as it grew, took, of its own accord, the rich dyes of human art. The air was F lled with intoxicating perfumes and the sweet melody of birds. In short, these were the halcyon days, which F nd a place in the mythic systems of so many nations in the Old World. It was the golden age of Anahuac. Interestingly enough, both the Aztec and the Maya thought that maize ( Zea mays L.) was on earth be-fore mortal men. In the Aztecan story, Quetzalcoatl disguised himself as a black ant, stole the cereal from Tonacatepel, and took it to Tamoanchin for the bene F t of man. In the Mayan creation myth, the f esh of man
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