the Corn Plant
As ancient legend tells the story, the Aztec people ate only game
animals and roots before the god Quetzalcoatl arrived. Although
corn existed, it was beyond the reach of the people, tucked behind
the massive mountains that surrounded the city. Before this time,
other gods had attempted to part the mountains to provide access
to the food, but they were not successful.
This is when the Aztecs called upon Quetzalcoatl for help. They
sent their holy men to ask the god for assistance in reaching the
other side of the mountain. He assured the people that he would
go and bring back corn not by using force, but intelligence. He
transformed into a small black ant for the journey, taking along
with him a red ant for company.
A Gods Difficult and Rewarding Journey
The journey was not easy, but Quetzalcoatl was able to overcome
the challenge. In his mind, he kept thoughts of the Aztec people
and what they needed, and he continued to move forward. Many days
passed before the god arrived at the back of the mountain and found
the corn. He took a piece of grain between his ant teeth and started
back to the Aztec people. When he returned, he gave them the grain
of corn to be planted.
From that day forward, the Aztec people were committed to cultivating
and harvesting the corn plant. They became powerful and strong,
full of riches and skill in building cities, palaces, and temples.
This Mexican folklore paints Quetzalcoatl as the protector of people
and a cultural hero.