The Quetzlcoatl Complaint Continues
My reader continues…
Apparently the concern is not with the outer doors, which depict Mary in various guises, but with the inner doors, which depict not only the “Southwest Indian Flying Serpent” (a form of Quetzalcoatl, I’m guessing), but a number of signs and symbols of pagan religion. You can see the whole list on the cathedral website at: http://www.olacathedral.org/index.html
If anybody thinks that these pagan images are incorporated into the doors of Roger Mahony’s cathedral as a sign of Christianity triumphing over them, I’ll cut them a great deal on the Brooklyn Bridge.
I looked at the link, but couldn’t figure out where these images were to be found, nor could I find any mention of them in text. Since my comments boxes are starting to fill up with various factoids about Quetzlcoatl (there were two?) and with various arguments for and against the idea that this myth (or was it the historical king) is a “seed of the Word” in Meso-American culture, I’m gonna withhold judgement. At least one good friend startles me with the revelation that Quetzlcoatl was part of what God used to make her a (very serious and orthodox) Catholic. Since I have had less than 24 hours to digest what fragments of Meso-American religious culture have suddenly been thrust upon me, and I know nothing of the imagery on the doors, and even less of the relationship between Catholic faith and the indigenous religions of the Americas, I will just sit and listen for now.