Maya Hero Twins

Ana Perches wrote,

(In referring to Genesis) I think of origin myths. Like in the Mayan Popol Vuh, where the first man (woman) created was made of corn. 


In Guatemala, many contemporary artists have been inspired by this book (Popol Vuh) and by the Mayan murals and stella/bas reliefs in Chiapas, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.

That’s where my mind is going as I think of Genesis. Not the Apple but the Corn. In my mind, it’s about corn: maíz. Hombre de Maíz. 

So I’ll be using colors related to yellow and earth and I’ll be thinking Maya.  



The Popol Vuh, meaning “Book of the Community,” tells the Maya creation account, and the tales of the Hero Twins.

In this story, the Creators, Heart of Sky and six other deities including the Feathered Serpent, wanted to create human beings with hearts and minds who could “keep the days.” But their first attempts failed.

When these deities finally created humans out of yellow and white corn who could talk, they were satisfied.


In another epic cycle of the story, the Death Lords of the Underworld summon the Hero Twins to play a momentous ball game where the Twins defeat their opponents. The Twins rose into the heavens, and became the Sun and the Moon.


Through their actions, the Hero Twins prepared the way for the planting of corn, for human beings to live on Earth, and for the Fourth Creation of the Maya. (Smithsonian)



What a rich, lush concept!

Japanese Shinto myth of creation

I highly recommend that you listen to the following conversation between Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyer.  The images are extremely rich.

In 1988, Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyer released their TV show, THE POWER of MYTH.  In the 2nd episode they compared creation myths from the Hebrew Bible with myths from other cultures.