The Gospel of the Toltecs: The Life and Teachings of Quetzalcoatl

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By Frank Díaz

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Frank Díaz

Frank Díaz
Frank Diaz is an anthropological investigator focusing on shamanic studies, Nahuatl language, and Mesoamerican traditions. His other books include Quetzalcoatl's Avatars and Toltec Wisdom: The Original Teachings of Quetzalcoatl. Born in Cuba, he currently lives in Mexico and teaches classe More...



A compilation of the teachings of Quetzalcoatl, avatar of the Toltecs, reconstructed from original source texts and the legends told at his birthplace in Amatlan, Morelos, Mexico.

• The first complete historical account of the life and teachings of Quetzalcoatl, the most important figure in Mesoamerican spirituality.

• Includes 86 chronological teaching stories accompanied by 27 codex illustrations.

Quetzalcoatl Ce Acatl (born in A.D. 947)--whose stature has been compared to that of Christ, Buddha, and Krishna--was the key figure in the development of the spiritual culture of the Toltecs. In The Gospel of the Toltecs the author has gathered Nahua and Maya codexes, Spanish chronicles of conquest, and native oral tradition to recount the life of Quetzalcoatl: his temptation and fall; his initiation with sacred mushrooms; his long journey in search of spiritual enlightenment; his triumphant return to the Toltec land; and his subsequent teaching, self-immolation, ascension, and promise of return.

Quetzalcoatl's teachings make up the Toltecayotl, or Toltequity--the art of intentional doing--which provides an initiatic guide for the transformation of individuals and society, while his personal history is a guide for the development of Nahualli, the magical side of human awareness. For all those who wish to deepen their knowledge of the roots of Toltec spirituality or who wish to grow from the teachings of one of the world's great spiritual leaders, The Gospel of the Toltecs offers a unique and authentic access to the life and ministry of one of the most important figures in the ancient world.

"With more than 85 illustrations from an original codex, The Gospel of the Toltecs truly meets its objective of teaching the secrets of the Toltecs, since in the indigenous cultures it was common to teach through the pictography. We all know that a simple picture can say more than 1000 words".
Hunbatz Men, author of Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion

"Frank Diaz writes with great clarity and detail about the heroic drama of Quetzalcoatl in a way that shows him to be both grandly universal and an exemplar for all human beings If people wonder what was this wisdom of the Toltecs, then they should start by reading this brilliantly informed and inspiring text."
Dr. José Argüelles, author of Time and the Technosphere, The Mayan Factor, and Earth 

"This work is a milestone. Wisdom from surviving codices of an ancient mystical tradition becomes available, understandable, and cogent to a spiritually seeking public."
Merilyn Tunneshende, author of Don Juan and the Art of Sexual Energy and Don Juan and the Power of Medicine Dreaming

"With The Gospel of the Toltecs, Frank Díaz has provided cornerstone research that will guide the footsteps of those who seek to unravel one of the most compelling philosophies known today."
Ken Eagle Feather, author of A Toltec Path

"This is a very different book that should be read by any serious shamanic student."
Michael Peter Langevin, Magical Blend, Fall 2002