'Quetzalcoatl the Redemption of Spirit from Matter. The name is a combination of quetzalli, a brightly colored Mesoamerican bird, and coatl, meaning serpent. Quetzalcoatl is often referred to as The Feathered Serpent and was connected to the planet Venus.
By far the most important archetypal symbol of death and rebirth in the pre-Columbiaans world was Quetzalcoatl, a complex and multifated deity who could be represented in many different ways.
The statue Coatlicue primarly embodies the forces that entrap the spirit in the material world.’
Stanislav Grof, Books of the Dead. Manuals for living and dying, Thames and Hudson