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Fiery Friday: Kukulkan

Kukulkan, Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale

Kukulkan, Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale

Today is a sad day; Lenoard Nimoy was announced dead.

It is a bit of a stretch, using a creature from the Star Trek genre to display on today’s Fiery Friday, especially since it is not a true dragon, but at the same time, I think it praises Star Trek: The Animated Series, which I loved as a child. So here goes:


A being of immense power, Kukulkan comes from a race that was spacefaring and powerful before humanity ever discovered fire on Earth. Lonely, he traveled to Earth to teach the civilizations there peaceful ways, so they would not go the way of his own once-destructive civilization. Apparently, Kukulkan stayed for hundreds of Earth years, influencing the Mayan and Aztec cultures, as well as the Toltecs (who knew him as “Quetzalcoatl”), Egyptian, and even Chinese cultures. With an appearance that resembled a dragon (green snakelike face, yellow eyes, a single pink horn, blue feathers and wings, and a serpentine red and pink body), Kukulkan became known as the “winged serpent god,” and he was respected for the knowledge he brought. When he left Earth, he promised to return when summoned, even giving the Mayans a remarkably accurate calendar. But they never summoned him, and Kukulkan traveled the spaceways, forgotten and alone, collecting peaceful specimens for his intergalactic zoo.

Kukulkan appeared in the episode titled “How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth”.