A Mayan Creation Account – Part 1

The Mayans thrived as a civilization around the 6th c. A.D. in Mesoamerica (México and Central America). Their earliest settlements date back to 1800 B.C – about the time of Joseph.

In the beginning, after the earth was created, four of the gods thought up all the animals they wanted to create and upon speaking the animals came forth. They gave instructions on where they should live and commanded the animals to praise their creators and pray to them. However, instead of speaking intelligibly, the animals only squawked, chattered, and howled. As a result, the gods ordered that all animals be lowly creatures who would eat and be eaten.

The gods then attempted to create beings who would walk, talk, and worship their creators. They began to form bodies out of earth and mud, but their efforts were in vain. The bodies kept falling apart and crumbling to pieces. The gods decided to destroy their work and try again.

This time the gods requested help from others and initially, the results were better. This new creation was like woodcarvings which looked and sounded like humans. However, they lacked blood, tears, and soul, and instead of praising their Makers they forget them. Again, the gods destroyed their handiwork, this time through a great flood.

Thrice displeased with their creation, the gods sat in darkness thinking about how to make a creature who would praise them and pray to them. Pondering thus, their thoughts became clear and they ordered yellow and white corn be brought to them. They ground up the corn nine times and mixed it with water—this became human fat and the basis for the human being. Other food staples were added to this base and at last the gods had created the first “mother-father”. This was a being who could worship. 

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