Chac

Chac (Chaac) In Mayan mythology, four-part god of rain and thunder, patron of the number 13. Chac is the Mayan equivalent of the Aztec deity Tlaloc. At his festival babies and young children were sacrificed, cooked, and eaten by his priests. Each part of Chac was connected with a cardinal point and a color. They were Chac Xib Chac (the red man), Chac of the east; Sac Xib Chac (the white man), Chac of the north; Ek Xib Chack (the black man), Chac of the west; and Kan Xib Chac (the yellow man), Chac of the south. In Mayan art Chac appears more frequently than any other god. He is portrayed with a long truncated nose and two curling fangs protruding downward out of his mouth. Paul Schellhas, when classifying the gods in some Mayan codices, gave Chac the letter B, and the god is sometimes referred to as God B.

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Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow-Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante

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