Mayan Beliefs


The Mayans believe that Mother Earth was a gigantic monster. It was an
alligator, toad, and a turtle combined. Above her was a sky with a layer for
each planet and spheres of movement for the sun and the moon. Below her was the
underworld where heavenly bodies passed when out of sight. All around her were
the spirits of rain and thunder. The deities of the food plants and animals
attended her. All nature was alive and it was constantly dying and being reborn
(Burland 1771).
The Mayans are American Indian people who lived in southern Mexico
(Miller "Maya" Grolier). The Yucatan was the center of the Mayan civilization
from about the 1st century B.C. ("Yucantan" Grolier). They ...

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from the modern Mexico state of Guerrero to Costa Rica (Miller "Maya"
Grolier). The Mayans had constant cultural and commercial contact from other
tribes such as the Aztecs. They were with the central and coastal Mexican
civilization that had influenced them and influenced other cultures (Harrison
"History of Latin America" Grolier).
The Mayans worshiped peace deities (Matthews 45). They also worshiped a
creator who lived beyond the sky, and believed it was male and female. Mayans
also believed that males were more important (Burland 1771). They explain this
with the fact that man came first (Thompson Internet). They also believe in
satisfying the creators and fear death. The Mayans had similar beliefs of
creation and similar and not similar gods with the Greeks, had a belief in a
Heaven and a Hell, four attempts at making humans and three different worlds
made.
The Greeks had believed there was nothing, that the world began with
Chaos, which is similar to the ...

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and Ixchel, are a group of four
protective deities. They are the canopic gods. There are four Bacabs. They
stand at the four corners of the world, the cardinal points. They also
supported the heavens. The first one four of the Bacabs is Cauac. He is the
south and his color is red. Next is Ix. He is the west and his color is black.
Next is Mulac. He stands for the north and his color is white. Kan is the last
one of the Bacabs. He is the east and his color is yellow (The Encyclopedia
Mythica Internet).
Hun Came and Vucub Caquix were the rulers of the underworld, called
Xibalaba. The steep road that leads to the underworld is very dangerous. There
are torrents; it is ...

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