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Behold I Am The Light and Life of the World

 “And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup…in taking upon me the sins of the world...” (3 Nephi 11:1134 AD

"I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end." (3 Nephi 9:18)  34 AD
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<< This is a drawing of a carving at Copán Honduras, of Itzamná [Quetzalcoatl] holding a torch.
 
<< Itzamná's Torch. A "Symbol of Life and Light"
According the archeologist Theodore Arthur Willard, this is Itzamná holding a torch that represents and is a symbol of life and light.
 
"In Copan is the famous stairway with its hundreds of glyphic characters.  At either end of this stairway is a carved kneeling figure...holding aloft a torch bearing the symbol of Itzamná." (
T. A. Willard, Kukulcan The Bearded Conqueror, p. 226)

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The Torch

<<  Descending God from the Ancient City of Dzibanché, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Dated 300-500 A.D.  This statue/incense burner is located at the Mexico National Museum of Anthropology. Sometimes refered to as the Descending Maize God. 

 

Note: In the left hand of this statue of the Decending God there is a torch.

Question:  Why is there a torch in his hands?

Answer: This torch, which a few times has been moved from hand to hand in the museum, is an item representing light and/or being a source of light to the Aztec/Maya people. This God is holding and bringing down light with him.  And that light will shine on those around him.

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