someone was born on the day "Two-Rabbit,"
it was believed they would be inclined to drink alcoholic beverages.
Among the Mexicans, pulque was called "four hundred rabbits,"
because there are many types of drunkenness.
is one of several intoxication deities. On his chest he bears the
emblem of a rabbit's face with two dots, signifying the day-sign
of his birth.
Chac -- the Rain God and Cosmic Monster Chac
is a dragon-like monster with a crocodile head and ears like a
deer. Since he exists on the edge of the sky, this cosmic monster
marks the path between the natural and supernatural worlds.
In the story of creation, Chacs were placed at the four corners of the world.
They bring the rains by shedding their blood and create thunderbolts by hurling
down their stone axes. Chac was also the name given to Maya elders who assisted
at ceremonies and sacrifices.
Kukulcán was the
Mayan version of the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl.
Feathered rattlesnake images are everywhere at Chichén Itzá .
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h Puch -- The Maya
god of death, also known as Hunhau, he ruled over Mitnal, the land
of death, the lowest and worst of the nine hells. He was normally
shown with the head of an owl on a human body. To this day, the
Indians of Central America and Mexico believe that someone will
die when the owl screeches. In other representations Ah Puch is
shown as a skeleton or a swollen corpse, wearing bells.
the god of sustenance. Kawil is associated with royal
power, which originates with the gods. The founder of the Maya culture.
He brought maize and cacao and taught writing, healing, and the
use of calendars. As the bringer of culture he became the state-god
of the Mayan empire. As the moon-god he rules over the night. Also
called 'God D' his title is 'lord of knowledge'. He is a son of
Hunab Ku and with Ixchel he is the father of the Bacabs. He is related
to the snake and the mussel.
Most of the
Mayan gods were reptilian (like a reptile) and all had dual aspects. That is-- each
god had a good aspect and a evil aspect. The Mayas believed in
an elaborate afterlife. Heaven was reserved for those who had been
hanged, sacrificed, or died in childbirth. Everyone else went to xibal, or hell, which was ruled over by the Lords of Death.