I heard on an Internet forum that the Book of Mormon's claims about Jesus Christ preaching to a section of natives in Mesoamerica was based on the myths of a white god, Quetzcoatl.

However, reading online, it seems that the white god myth was not native to the culture and may have, instead, been spread by Cortez afterwards.

Did the Quetzalcoatl myth (specifically involving a white skinned god who promised to return) exist in Mesoamerican cutlture before Cortez?

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    Sorry for being obtuse. Mesoamerican history is not my strong point. That link says that some (unnamed) scholars suggests Cortés/Cortez wasn't treated as a god, and that this story was spread by (not Cortés, but) the Florentine Codex. That's a fine claim to be examined here, but does that mean we can drop the first paragraph of the question as irrelevant? – Oddthinking Dec 25 '11 at 7:17
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    It is difficult to see what the question is. Quetzcoatl was one of many central American gods. He took various forms, in one of which (Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl) he may have departed promising to return. The Spanish claimed that this had assisted the conquest by Cortés. Quetzcoatl is not mentioned as such in the Book of Mormon, but was put forward later as a possibility by later Mormon apologists. So which myth, what anachronism, and what false attribution are you asking about? – Henry Dec 26 '11 at 2:59
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    As a rule, migrations shouldn't be used to throw poor questions over the fence to be handled by another set of moderators. This question still needs some work clarifying the question before it should be even considered for migration. – Oddthinking Dec 26 '11 at 23:10
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    @Henry - I think the claim being questioned is the famous one that there was a pre-existing "white god" myth among Aztecs that helped Cortez in his conquest. There are apparently people who are skeptical of that claim. The Mormon angle seems to be merely an extra layer - Mormons may have claimed (whether they did or not is less relevant to the question) that the claim was somehow related to their religion; and people are extra skeptical of the original claim due to that Mormon connection. Hope this made it slightly clearer. – user5341 Dec 27 '11 at 14:22
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    This article also sheds some light on the above claim-examiner.com/article/… – pericles316 Aug 7 '15 at 12:13

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