Tuesday, February 19

The Storm Runner & Mayan Mythology

   **Shout out to my 15yo son for creating the Modern Mythology posts!**

The Mayans had many gods. There were over one hundred and sixty-five. Many of them were nature-oriented, like the god of the sun, Kinih Ahous, or the god of maize, Yum Kaax. Most of these gods were mortal. They would help the Mayans with their jobs. 

The Mayans built enormous temples to these gods and kings. The temple to the gods was on a flat platform at the top of the pyramids. Some very famous pyramids are in Chichen Itza. They also studied astronomy here. There were two kinds of Mayan pyramids - one was for the people and priests, and one that was sacred (only the high priest could enter). There were stairways that led to the top of the pyramids. 

The Mayans feared death because only those who were given as sacrifices to the gods, or died at childbirth, were not sent to the underworld. Even the priests and kings were sent to the underworld! The underworld was said to be filled with demons, evil gods, and jaguars. Jaguars were the spirit animal of every king. A spirit animal was a soul of an animal that shared a body with a person. Everyone had a spirit animal, except the priest, who could have more than one. These spirit animals were called 'Way Ob.'

Read
  • The Storm Runner
    • Zane Obispo spends every day exploring the sleeping volcano in his backyard. "The Beast," as he calls it, is the one place where he can escape other kids, who make fun of him because he has a limp and walks with a cane. After a twin-engine plane crashes into The Beast, a mysterious girl named Brooks shows up at Zane's doorstep, insisting that they meet at the volcano, where she will reveal a terrible secret. Zane agrees, mostly because beautiful girls like her don't usually talk to him. Brooks tells him that the volcano is actually a centuries-old prison for the Maya god of death, whose destiny is directly tied to Zane's. No way, Zane thinks. He's just a thirteen-year old nobody, and destiny or no destiny, he wants nothing to do with any of it, especially some god of death. But Brooks opens his eyes to the truth: magic, monsters, and gods are real, and Zane is at the center of an ancient prophecy that could mean the destruction of the world.Suddenly finding himself entangled in a web of dangerous secrets, Zane embarks on a quest that will take him far from home and test him to the very core. 

Connections
Make / Do
Define / Identify
  • Anthropomorphic
  • Cosmology
  • Deity
  • Maize
  • Mesoamerica
  • Palma
  • Popol Vuh
  • Quetzal 
  • Supernatural
  • Yucatán Peninsula
  • Zoomorphic
  • Itzam Ná
  • Huracán
  • K’inich Ajaw
  • Hun H’unahpu
  • Chak
  • K’awil
  • Kisim
  • Ix Chel
  • IxCacao
Think
  • When and where did the Mayan civilization thrive? 
  • How were the Mayans similar to and different from other ancient civilizations?

2 comments:

  1. Looks like a lot of fun and I love the Lego people!

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  2. I have read a bit about Mayan history but never looked too deeply into their religion and gods. This was interesting.

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