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Zipacna

ziPacna (Mountain Mover) Son of the giant stone man Vukub-Cakix from the Quiché myths recorded in the PoPol Vuh. The family had amazing powers that made them very boastful and arrogant. Vukub-Cakix had a body made of precious metals that he claimed made him shine brighter than the Sun and Moon. His son Cabrakan had the power to shake the …

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Kukulcan

Kukulcan Origin: Maya Kukulcan is the Mayan plumed or feathered serpent. Is he the same spirit as Quetzalcoatl? That’s subject to debate. • Kukulcan may be the Mayan name for Quetzalcoatl; Kuk means quetzal • Kukulcan may be a distinct spirit; one of several feathered snake spirits like Quetzalcoatl and Kolowisi • Kukulcan and Quetzalcoatl may initially have been distinct …

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Camazotz

Long before Dracula, there was Camazotz, spirit of death in the form of a bat. Camazotz is the servant of the Lord of Death. He leads the nightly arrival of twilight, the time when bats emerge from their caves. Camazotz first appears on the stage of history among the Zapotec of Oaxaca, Mexico, but was incorporated into the pantheon of …

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Maximon

Maximon The Old Man; The Uncle Pronounced: Mah-shee-mon Also known as: Maam; Don Pedro; Saint Simon; Brother Simon; Brother Peter Origin: Maya Christian missionaries who came to Guatemala to convert the local people encountered the primordial Mayan deity Maam. Attempts to syncretize him to Saint Simon backfired. Instead of the Mayan god fading discreetly into the identity of the saint, …

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Gagavitz

Gagavitz (hill of fire) In the mythology of the Cakchiquels, a branch of the Mayan Indians, progenitor and culture hero. The myths of Gagavitz are related in The Annals of the Cakchiquels (16th century), along with their legendary history. Early in the book, Gagvitz’s companion Zactecauh (white mountain, hill of snow) is killed trying to cross a ravine, leaving Gagavitz …

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Bacabs

Bacabs (erected, set up) In Mayan mythology, four giant brothers who supported the four corners of the heavens, blowing the winds from the four cardinal points. They kept the sky in place after it had fallen following a great flood. Each was identified with a particular color and cardinal point, thus Kan (belly) was associated with the south and the …

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Chay

Chay In the mythology of the Cakchiquel Maya, obsidian stone from which they made their cutting tools and ornaments; worshipped as a god. The Annals of the Cakchiquels, written at the end of the 16th century, tells how the Indians “gave homage to the Obsidian Stone” and how it spoke to them, telling them where to settle for a happy …

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Zakiqoxol

Zakiqoxol (Zaquicoxol) (he who strikes from flint) In the mythology of the Cakchiquels, a branch of the Mayan Indians, Demon spirit of fire and the forest. When the heroes Gagavitz and Zactecauh met Zakiqoxol, as told in The Annals of the Cakchiquels (16th century), they at first wanted to kill the Demon. But instead they gave him a breastplate and …

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Acat

Acat Origin: Maya When the Conquistadores arrived in Central America in the sixteenth century, they were appalled to discover that not only did the indigenous people venerate spirits in the form of graven images; they also created indelible images of these spirits on their skin. Acat is the patron of tattoo artists. He presides over the tattooing process, especially for …

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