A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to tour Actun Tunichil Muknal, a Mayan cave discovered in 1989 in Cayo, Belize. We were lucky enough to join a guided tour (the site is only accessible through licensed guides) and made our way into the depths of the cave. Our tour guide likened the venture into the cave as the hero twins' journey into Xibalba as recounted in the … [Read more...]
The Mayan Civilization was a pre-Columbian MesoAmerican society known for its language, art and architecture. The culture was established during the Pre-Classic period and reached its peak during the Classic period (250-900 CE). Read articles about Mayan civilization below.
In Mayan mythology, Vucub Caquix, Seven Macaw, was a large bird that dwelled on the surface of the world after the flood. He was very vain and proclaimed himself the sun and moon, the lord over everything. This was when there was just a trace of early dawn on the face of the earth, there was no sun. But there was one who magnified himself; Seven Macaw is his name. … [Read more...]
The Mayan god of storms or bad weather was Hurakan, so with all the bad weather in Florida this past month, I thought this 'demon' would be an appropriate Over a universe wrapped in the gloom of a dense and primeval night passed the god Hurakan, the mighty wind. He called out "earth," and the solid land appeared. The chief gods took counsel; they were Hurakan, … [Read more...]
Hun Came and Vucub Came (One Death and Seven Death) are the principle death gods of the Mayan underworld, Xibalba. According to the Popol Vuh, one day, the twins, Hun Hunahpu and Vucub Hunahpu, were playing ball with Hun Hunahpu's sons, Hun Batz and Hun Chouen. The ball court is on earth, but also led to the underworld. Hun Came and Vucub Came, the death gods, became … [Read more...]