Kukulcan is the Mayan plumed or feathered serpent. Is he the same spirit as Quetzalcoatl? That’s subject to debate.

• Kukulcan may be the Mayan name for Quetzalcoatl; Kuk means quetzal

• Kukulcan may be a distinct spirit; one of several feathered snake spirits like Quetzalcoatl and Kolowisi

• Kukulcan and Quetzalcoatl may initially have been distinct spirits but eventually influenced each other to the extent that they are now impossible to disentwine


Rattlesnakes were sometimes used to represent Kukulcan

Sacred site:

The step Pyramid of Kukulcan, also known as El Castillo (The Castle) in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

Sacred time:

Vernal Equinox



Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by :Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

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