That's the year Quetzalcoatl
Was prophecized to return from exile in fact

from KRS-ONE – AZTECHNICAL Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In Aztec mythology Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl was a priest and ruler of the pre-Aztec Toltec civilization.

He was born on the day 1-Reed some time in the 10th Century. He preached under the deity Quetzalcoatl and eventually became known by that name. At some point he fled the city that he ruled (Tollan, now Tula in Mexico) but vowed to return in the year 1-Reed.

It is not known how much of the legend is based on actual historical events. The exact relationship between the man and the god is also unclear.

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