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God of Blindfolded Justice by Guiler-717 God of Blindfolded Justice by Guiler-717
As explained on my latest deviation, this drawing painting has at least four purposes:
  1. It's a depiction of the Cuetzpalin Mythos' protagonist's later incarnation. One of my original character who's the main character of my main original story.
  2. It's either inspired by or is an re-interpretation of the Mexica deity  Itztlacoliuhqui-Ixquimilli
  3. It's an existentialist self-portrait
  4. And it had been a birthday gift I did for myself =P
Now, into the details behind the picture, concerning its role within the  C U E T Z P A L I N  mythos (and a lot of spoilers about its story): 
  • All these plants wrapping around this figure (called by many names, but originally Wilhelm, and later even as Quetzalcoatl on its Vovin form and Itztlacoliuhqui-Ixquimilli by what would be the most human-looking of its shapes) are part of its organism, they're a series of Mandragoras, which keeps Itztlacoliuhqui alive through no more needs other than light, and in his case, he can create his own aura of light (that's why his eyes are green), thus being an auto-sufficient being.
  • The two ravens seen here are called Huginn (from Old Norse "thought") and Muninn (from Old Norse "memory" or "mind"), the same eternal ravens which once stood on each shoulder of the initiated God Woden, from the ancient times of Asgard. Like Woden, Quetzalcoatl - and his 'human' form - don't eat meat, and is able to communicate with other non-human animals such as these two birds. In their case, they've become Quetzalcoatl's informants since the awakening of the Quinametzin (Entities spawned from the Huehueyolcatl, six ancient and exquisite, enormous beings which developed their own atmosphere over their own bodies, and from there spawned lots of self-sufficient, mandragorean creatures. They're the first enemies of the nine elemental gods who came into being, a.k.a the Macabraics) in its home planet, Tredius, which has been done by Quetzalcoatl's Mandragoras.
  • The burnt half of Itztlacoliuhqui's body is a result of a major battle he fought against the Elemental Spirit of Fire, Lapolakh (also known as Surtur, Khepri, Tohil and Xiuhtecuhtli), in the mandragorean realm of Anchicocha, once defended by the Huehueyolcatl Coniraya, who himself was a major ally of Itztlacoliuhqui. The result was a catastrophe, even though Lapolakh's allies and army have been destroyed by his own, alongside his own body, it costed the lives of millions of animals and the scorching of a formerly beautiful land full of fruits and vegetables, including many friends of Quetzalcoatl, who barely escaped.
  • The white skin of Itztlacoliuhqui-Ixquimilli may be related to its association -in Mexica belief- to the frost, coldness and misery. In the case of Cuetzpalin's protagonist, it's a tribute to the dead of Anchicocha, as well a reminder of the path which he chose -to confront civilization rather than accepting the comfortable oppression it forced on him-.
  • The gold and dark silver colored material which covers the burnt half of his body's skin is Rasa (also known as Cozauhqui), one of six "hidden elements", in this case, generated by the very prime matter of such a rare and powerful element: the "Nemontemi Stone", which Wilhelm has possessed several times already. This stone, despite currently fused with Quetzalcoatl/Itztlacoliuhqui, guards a sleeping consciousness on its own, that of Xolotl, an entity which Itztlacoliuhqui himself, years earlier, when it was still called Wilhelm, was tricked (by a wayob magician, Hunahpu) into making a blood covenant with. From that covenant, however, Wilhelm was able to create and summon weapons such as this massive Macahuitl of the Rasa element, just as Itztlacoliuhqui does now.
  • The conch-like symbols present in his earrings and in other portions of his Rasa armor are called ehelaicacózcatl (nahuatl for "wind jewel"), associated with the wind (ehecatl) and wind-related deities, such as Quetzalcoatl himself, but also Xolotl. Quetzalcoatl's aspect as Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli ("the Lord of the Morning Star") and Xolotl are regarded as brothers, in this case, by their respective functions of preceding and succeeding the sun's place in the sky. Xolotl is also regarded as brother of Quetzalcoatl's main aspect when both rescue the remains of the inhabitants from the Fourth Sun Era from Mictlán (the realm of the dead) and, after escaping the realm of the dead and their rulers (Mictlantecuhtli & Mictecacihuatl), sacrifice their own blood to give life to these bones, which would become the first people of the Fifth Sun Era. Just after this myth, is when Nanahuatzin, a 'humble god' sacrifices himself to become the new sun, just to begin demanding blood sacrifices from other gods himself -to which Itztlacoliuhqui-Ixquimilli, then as Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, openly objectifies. Such rebellion of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli against the sun, who just claimed his hegemony, is what has him punished and thrown away as Itztlacoliuhqui-Ixquimilli (being himself another god associated to Venus and the Morning Star that is known to have rebelled against the current hegemonic and tyrannical god and getting punished for it). The conch is also associated with the Chaotic dimension (which lies between the dimension of vital energy and the Absolute Darkness), and the Qliphoth of the hermetic Kabbalah.
  • His main weapon, the spear/scythe seen here, is a Quinametzin/Huaca itself, a fragment from the Quinametzin known as Xelhua, who had originally been a survivor from the downfall of the Anchicochan civilization back in the 25th Century a.X (25 centuries before now), who has become from mortal to mandragorean, then from mandragorean to Quinametzin. Xelhua has fought the Ahuitzotl and the civilization known as Xiuhcoatl Empire, and led an offensive which destroyed Teotihuacan, alongside the contemporary public riots, but would fall in a matter of a century later, and from its remains the remaining Ahuitzotl would build Quetzalcoatl's pyramid in Acholollan. The spear's blade is composed both of itztli (which the Ahuitzotl suppose to be the hidden or inactive form of the Ater Adamantis) and Tepoztli (which means a generic workable metal, a category in which the inactive and hidden forms of the Serapel hidden element go in). It is used to channel the light beams which Itztlacoliuhqui/Quetzalcoatl can generate from his aura.
  • Itztlacoliuhqui-Ixquimilli is imagined by the Mexica belief as a 'God of blindfolded Justice'. Justice surely is a concept able to be relativized, and it's interesting to notice that most incarnations of justice in western imaginary are of a blindfolded woman. As a figure related to 'human misery', the transformation of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli into Itztlacoliuhqui, like a downfall, can be compared to the tragic consequences which the rebellious souls are punished with. It's also important to remember that the only sort of soul that there can be are rebel souls, those that don't rebel against the established order are souless.
Overall, this is one of the digital paintings I spent more time, which proccess taught me a lot, and this is just a second version from the previous one, so I don't know if this painting will ever be finished or this will be really its last state.
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