All Mayan gods
BRIEF INTRODUCTION: The Maya understanding and observation of Mother Nature, Earth's cycles, the Cosmos, life and death, play an important role in their Spiritual and Religious beliefs. Even today, J-Men and Ix-Men, orwhere J-Men Mayan Senior Priests celebrate through out the year many sacred ceremonies and traditional rituals.
The history flows in cycles of rise and fall periods, of continuity and change; guided by a holistic religion that still remains the foundation of their cultural traditions. The Maya vision of the universe is divided into multiple levels, above and below a flat Earth held by four Bacabs, (cardinal directions). The is at the center of a complex communion of Celestial Gods and Underworld Deities living in Kibalba as represented in the Maya Foundation In Laakeech logo (above photo)..
DID YOU KNOW: The ancient Maya civilization is the highest cultural legacy of Mesoamerica. The Maya are believed to originate in the Yucatán around 2600 B.C. They developed the mathematical position of zero, along with a high understanding of astronomy, impressive intertwined Mayan calendar systems, majestic architectural achievements, and a complex hieroglyphic
As explained above, the , an understanding of the universe, is divided into multiple levels which are dualistic in its core nature: above and below a flat Earth held by four , (cardinal directions of north, south, east and west). or the path which connects with all the Spiritual Realms, growns at the center of a complex unity of Celestial Gods, above the Earth's plane (symbolized by an alligator); and the bellow the Earth's plane realm of existence: the Underworld, Kibalba, where ninereside.
and the celestial bodies such as stars, planets and the cosmic positions of the Sun, Moon, and Venus as well as natural elements had their own representative god. Mayan deities are associated with numbers, crops, days of the still holds the center position of all sacred . This sacred Ceiba Tree is placed as a symbol of sacred life force, an energy vortex or interconnection between the Thirteen Heavens (inhabited by Gods and mythological deities dwell), our earth plane (where man, flora and fauna reside), and the Nine Underworlds (where death and night with the corresponding deities dwell).
guarding the east, his assigned color is red and the Kan years.
Can Tzicnal - bacab guarding the north, his assigned color is white and the Muluc years.
The four Bacabs are intimately associated with the four Chaacs, or rain deities. Illustrating this association we have in the Yucatán, the Maya of Chan Kom who do refer to the four Bacabs as the four sky-bearers or Chaacs.
Mayan Gods, deities and supernatural beings also represented different aspects of the cosmos, they also play an important roll in many aspects of human life and their calendar cycles a number, day, week, month or year within their calendar systems and/or a symbolic cycles observed by the Maya in nature. Like many other deities, the Bacabs or Bakabs were important in divination ceremonies, being approached with questions about propitious times, crops, weather, or the health of bees as much as personal health, wellbeing, marriage, family and community welfare. In today's Mayan rural society, the Bacabs are still venerated and offer many rituals during the year for the protection of crops, milpas and a Mayan family yearly wealth. Read more about Mayan sacred ceremonies and rituals celebrated in Chichen Itza,
logo) is one of the major frameworks which interlinked much of ancient Mayan religion and the life cycles of nature, including mankind own life cycle, all highly associated to the cosmology understanding and vision. References to the Bacabs are found in the sacred Mayan book of the Popol Vuh, the Chilam Balam, the remaining four Mayan Codices, and in the book: Relación de las Cosas de Yucatán by 16th Century bishop Diego de Landa. Brief references to Maya mythology can also be found in Wikipedia online; however we have plenty of information for you here in this article, just keep reading, then read our
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Ancient Maya beliefs were view by the Spaniards as polytheist for the Mayan had many gods and deities interacting with humankind. All of these gods and deities have a dualistic nature and qualities, normally associated with day & night, life & death, health & illness, light & dark, etc There are scholars and Mayan mystics that do not accept that ancient Maya were polytheists in nature as much as the Spaniards never understood the intricate complexity of Mayan belief system and Cosmovision, such studious people point to the fact that the Mayan did have a Supreme Lord God that his name was so sacred it was forbidden to even write it or spoke about, such Supreme God as said to be "the whole One God." Today rural Mayans have transferred many of their ancient spiritual connection to a mix of Mayan mythology and Catholic faith as in the case of the in Mexico.
Various Maya scholars speak of a single Supreme Deity, and a few others say it is the God the inventor of writing, and patron of the arts and sciences. Even today, Itzamná is thought to have the power to open the Spirit World Portal to J-Men and Ix-Men, male & female healers.
(right) Itzamná’s wife, is the ancient , weaving, medicine, fertility and childbirth. She is a goddess often depicted pouring water down, symbol of life, from a clay pot; or, seating in the moon holding a rabbit Scripter. Some scholars feel she is the First Mother and assign the role of First Father to Hun Nal Ye, the Maize God and the Plumed or Feathered Serpent. You may wish to read our goddess of Xocolatl – a sacred godly beverage prepare only for the upper Maya royalty; its sound comes form the Maya Chocol ha meaning “bitter water” a beverage dedicated to the Maya Goddess of Kakaw and fertility; the Nahualt language adopted the sound to Xocolatl and the Spaniards created the term chocolate when they brought this precious bean to their monarchs.
Zipacna - Underworld Demon Deity with great sexual appetite symbolized by his favorite food: crabs (PV); son of Seven Macaw and brother of the Earthquake God. A very arrogant and powerful deity believed to have created the mountains; he is depicted often as an alligator; he is a mythological figure related to the legend of the Twin Heros in the Popol Vuh.
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