Seven Serpents Trilogy—Book 1, The Captive by Scott O’Dell
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; combined edition (2009)
Scott O’Dell’s Seven Serpents Trilogy follows the young Julian Escobar, a seminarian from Spain, who finds himself in the New World during the early years of the Spanish Conquest.
The Captive contains Escobar’s interactions specifically with the Maya culture (the second two books deal with the Aztec and Inca respectively).
The Conquest-era themes run the gamut from the conflicts over religion; monotheism versus polytheism; moral and physical struggles with Indian human rights; and the similarities and differences across cultures. 
The Captive is a well-told story of discovery and a wonderful introduction to the Spanish Conquest, combining adventure with literature.Maya_Serpent_Statue.jpgKukulkan: (“Plumed Serpent”, “Feathered Serpent”) is the name of a Maya snake deity that also serves to designate historical persons.
The depiction of the feathered serpent deity is present in other cultures of Mesoamerica. Kukulkan is closely related to the god Q’uq’umatz of the K’iche’ Maya and to Quetzalcoatl of the Aztecs.
Little is known of the mythology of this pre-Columbian deity.Although heavily Mexicanised, Kukulkan has his origins among the Maya of the Classic Period, when he was known as Waxaklahun Ubah Kan, the War Serpent, and he has been identified as the Postclassic version of the Vision Serpent of Classic Maya art.

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