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Popular Maya Weaving Pattern

Sculpture, Copan

The Pre-Columbian city today known as Copán is a locale in western Honduras, in the Copán Department, near the Guatemalan border. It is the site of a major Maya kingdom of the Classic era (5th through 9th Centuries).

The kingdom, anciently named Xukpi (Corner-Bundle), was occupied from the 5th century AD to the early 9th century, It was situated at the far southern and eastern end of Maya territory. The nearby modern village of Copán Ruinas itself may have anciently been known as Oxwitik.

God_N Copan.jpg, uploaded
by vaticanus.


Chicken Itza

Venus Platform Carving, originally uploaded by SdosRemedios.

Venus Platform Carving

Jaguar Statue, Museo de Antropologia

There were several Jaguar Gods.

The pre-Columbian Maya civilization had various jaguar gods.

The Jaguar God of Terrestrial Fire

The Jaguar God of Terrestrial Fire is recognizable by a ‘cruller’ around the eyes (making a loop over the nose), jaguar ears, and jaguar fangs. He personifies the number Seven, which is associated with the day Ak’b’al ‘Night’. He is usually called ‘Jaguar God of the Underworld’ and assumed to be the ‘Night Sun’, i.e., the shape taken by the sun during his nightly journey through the underworld. Read more on Mayan

God L

God L (according to the designation of codical gods), one of the major aged Mayan deities, and associated with black sorcery and riches, belongs to the jaguar deities: He has jaguar ears and a jaguar mantle and lives in a jaguar palace. Some take him to be the main ruler over the Underworld, and in that sense, god L would have to be considered the true “Jaguar God of the Underworld”.

The Jaguar Goddess of Midwifery

The aged goddess of midwifery and curing, Ix Chel, belongs to the jaguar deities. She has jaguar ears and claws and can show the looped cruller element of the Jaguar God of Terrestrial Fire (Birth Vase), suggesting that she might be a spouse to this deity.

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