Folklore And Myth Thursday – Week 17 – Q

This week I will cover Qudshu, Quintessence, Quirinus, and Quetzalcoatl.


We start off in Egypt this week with the Egyptian goddess “of good health and consort of the fertility god Min” (Tresidder, 2004:402). Tresidder (2004:402) notes that Qudshu is Syrian in origin and was seen at times to be “a form of the goddess Hathor” (Tresidder, 2004:402).
“She is depicted naked, holding lotus flowers and snakes, standing on the back of a lion” (Tresidder, 2004:402).


Quintessence is “perfected matter” (Tresidder, 2004:403). “Western alchemists said that the fout elements (earth, air, fire and water) were surrounded by a purer, mystic element, the ‘fifth essence’ … similar to the Indic notion of prana, the energizing etheric spirit, or the Chinese qi…” (Tresidder, 2004:403).
Tresidder (2004:403) also notes: “[the] animal symbols eagle (air), phoenix (fire), dolphin (water) and man (earth), were grouped together to represent the quitessence”.


Denarius C. Memmius C. F. Romulus.jpg
By Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Moving on to Classical mythology, Quirinus was a Roman god of war, “in origin possibly the Sabine equivalent of Mars” (Tresidder, 2004:403). Tresidder (2004:403) notes that Romulus was identified with Quirinus after his deification.


Quetzacoatl is one of the most important Aztec gods (Tresidder, 2004:403) “although he has his origins in pre-Aztec cultures” (Tresidder, 2004:403).
“The Aztecs adopted Quetzacoatl as the patron of priests, learning and crafts and the inventor of the calendar” (Tresidder, 2004:403). His name means “Feathered Spirit” and “Precious Twin” (Tresidder, 2004:403).
“He appeared in numerous other guises, such as the god of twins and, especially, as the god of the wind, Ehecatl” (Tresidder, 2004:403). He also played a great part in the “myth of the Five Suns” (Tresidder, 2004:403).
See also Tresidder (2004:403) for more information about Quetzacoatl or follow this “Quetzacoatl” link.

Quetzalcoatl telleriano2.jpg
By Unknown, Public Domain, Link

Sources and Other Websites

Read the previous posts in this series by clicking here.

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Check out The Folklore Podcast – Yule! Fairies! Slenderman! Awesomeness! And more!

Also be sure to stop by Ronel’s blog for her folklore and fiction posts!


Tresidder, J. (2004). The Complete Dictionary of Symbols in Myth, Art and Literature. London: Duncan Baird Publishers.

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