Ab Kin Xoc In Mayan mythology, god of poetry, also known as Ppiz Hiu Tec Back to Mayan Gods and ...Read More
Acat Origin: Maya When the Conquistadores arrived in Central America in the sixteenth century, they were appalled to discover that ...Read More
Ah Puch (Ahpuch, Ahal Puh, Ah-Puchah) (to melt, to dissolve, to spoil) In Mayan mythology, god of death, the destroyer, ...Read More
Ah Raxá Lac (the lord of the green plate) In Mayan mythology, an earth god, mentioned in the Popol Vuh, ...Read More
Ah Raxa Tzel (the lord of the green gourd or blue bowl) In Mayan mythology, a sky god or personification ...Read More
Ahtoltecat In Mayan mythology, silversmith god of the Quiché Maya of Guatemala, patron of the Toltecs, skilled silversmiths. Source: Encyclopedia ...Read More
Ahulane In Mayan mythology, archer god, portrayed holding an arrow. Ahulane was worshipped on the island of Cozumel, where his ...Read More
Ajitz Pronounced: Ah-heetz Origin: Maya Ajitz is a Mayan word meaning “shaman,” “healer,” “wizard,” or “holy man” and is also ...Read More
Bacabs (erected, set up) In Mayan mythology, four giant brothers who supported the four corners of the heavens, blowing the ...Read More
Camazotz: Snatch Bat; Death Bat Also known as: Zotz Origin: Maya Long before Dracula, there was Camazotz, spirit of death ...Read More
Chac (Chaac) In Mayan mythology, four-part god of rain and thunder, patron of the number 13. Chac is the Mayan ...Read More
Chay In the mythology of the Cakchiquel Maya, obsidian stone from which they made their cutting tools and ornaments; worshipped ...Read More
Gagavitz (hill of fire) In the mythology of the Cakchiquels, a branch of the Mayan Indians, progenitor and culture hero ...Read More
Hunahpú and Xbalanqúe are in Mayan mythology, the twin hero gods in the Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the ...Read More
Hurakán (Huracán) (the one-legged) In Mayan mythology, a creator god. In the beginning, according to the Popol Vuh, sacred book ...Read More
Itzamna He of the Writing Origin: Maya Itzamna is the preeminent deity of the Mayan Yucatan peninsula. Itzamna is the ...Read More
Ix Chel Lady Rainbow; Old Woman with the Jaguar Claws; Lady Splotch of Blood; Lady All Embracer Origin: Maya Ix ...Read More
Ix Tab Lady of the Rope Origin: Maya (Yucatan) According to ancient Mayan cosmology, among those who go straight to ...Read More
Kukulcan Origin: Maya Kukulcan is the Mayan plumed or feathered serpent. Is he the same spirit as Quetzalcoatl? That’s subject ...Read More
Maximon The Old Man; The Uncle Pronounced: Mah-shee-mon Also known as: Maam; Don Pedro; Saint Simon; Brother Simon; Brother Peter ...Read More
Xtabay Also known as: Ixtabey; Xtabey; Xkeban; Xtabai Pronounced: Shh-tah-bay or Ish-ta-bay Xtabay, Mayan jungle goddess, is the subject of ...Read More
Zakiqoxol (Zaquicoxol) (he who strikes from flint) In the mythology of the Cakchiquels, a branch of the Mayan Indians, Demon ...Read More
ziPacna (Mountain Mover) Son of the giant stone man Vukub-Cakix from the Quiché myths recorded in the PoPol Vuh. The ...Read More
Zotz is a fearsome Mayan Demon and a lord of the underworld. Zotz is a huge winged being with the ...Read More
The Mayan people were exceedingly religious. They erected a great number of pyramid and square temples which were brightly painted with pictures of gods, warriors, and high officials. All Mayan celebration and in fact almost every aspect of life was connected with religion. Mayan festivals were based on agriculture and the abundance of it, and the seasons.
Little is actually known of their celebrations, but what is known is that there were 18 months in the Mayan calendar and each of these months had it’s ceremonies. Fasting was a common preparation for these ceremonies which usually included large feasts, heavy drinking and sometimes orgies.
According to what we know of Mayan myth, in the beginning after the gods were formed (which is unknown how they were formed), there was only sky and water.
Two of the gods typically named Quetzalcoatl and Tohil, took Hungry Woman and tossed her down upon the ocean. Then they each took hold of an arm and leg, stretching her until the Earth was formed. Since these gods had treated Hungry Woman so roughly, they gave her the right to a type of human sacrifice, the right to eat the dead when they were buried within her.
Then the Dieites decided that they needed creatures who could talk to them by prayer and ritual so they created three races of beings before they finally managed to form humankind. The first race was the ancestors of the animals of today which were unsatisfactory to the Gods because they could only talk through noise. The second race was made of mud and also proved unsatisfactory. The third time the deities formed creatures out of wood, but this too was troublesome.
Although these wood creatures could multiply they had blank minds and no knowledge or care for their creators. Lastly, humanity was created to the delight of the gods. Here was the race of creatures that could learn and were willing and able to communicate with the deities.