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Camazotz, Mayan God of Bats

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Shelby Brown

on 26 October 2012

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Transcript of Camazotz, Mayan God of Bats

Camazotz: Mayan Bat God Camazotz was portrayed as a flying bat and was the god of darkness, violence, and sacrifice. He inhabited the Mayan's version of "Hell", Xibalba. The Popol Vuh is a story of two twins, the "Mayan Hero Twins", whose father is killed in a "ball game" against Lords of the Underworld, getting vengeance on these lords, which just so happens to include Camazotz. The twins, Hanahpu and Xbalanque, were waiting in the "House of Bats" in the Xibalba, hiding in their blowguns waiting for the sun to rise so they could escape. Camazotz's name literally means Death Bat. In ancient Mayan mythology, which is mostly preserved in the Popol Vuh, heroes would encounter camazotz, which are bat-like monsters who presumably worked for the god. Hanahpu made the tragic mistake of poking his head out of the blowgun, and it was ripped off by the god Camazotz, and he took it to the gods of the underworld's "ball court" so they could use the head for the next "game". Hanahpu's brother, Xbalanque, then calls upon every animal in the forest to bring him their favorite food. One of the animals brings a squash and Xbalanque uses it to carve a new head for his brother. Eventually they move on through the Underworld and find and defeat Camazotz, and other lords of the Underworld, banishing him from creation. Sources http://ferrebeekeeper.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/camazotz-the-death-bat/
http://alternativearchaeology.jigsy.com/mayan-gods
http://www.ctcd.edu/continental/ftknox/faculty/lhulse/ENGL1301mlacheatsheet.pdf
http://www.wpi.edu/Pubs/E-project/Available/E-project-042910-155519/unrestricted/mqpreport.pdf
http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=sOjxMSXbY8QC&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=camazotz+mayan+god&ots=q2FXAra_Kn&sig=rfTnunQyab9c8sf_twP92Lk7G8c&safe=active
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