|The Milky Way itself was celebrated by the Maya. They called it
the World Tree, which was represented by a tall and majestic flowering
tree, the Ceiba.
The Milky Way was also called the Wakah Chan.
Wak means "Six" or "Erect".
Chan or K'an means "Four", "Serpent" or "Sky". The World Tree was
erect when Sagittarius was well over the horizon.
The Milky Way rose up from the horizon and climbed overhead into the North.
The star clouds that form the Milky Way were seen as
a place where all life began.
A major element of the World Tree include the Kawak
Monster, a giant head with a kin (symbol) in its forehead.
This monster was also a mountain or witz monster. A bowl on its
head contains a flint blade representing sacrifice, and the Kimi
glyph that represents death.
On top of the World Tree we find a bird that has been called, the Principal
Bird deity, or Itzam Ye. During the months of winter, when the so-called "Winter" Milky
Way dominates the sky, it was called the "White