Mayan Popul Vuh
Popol Vuh is Quiche Mayan book of creation which is a vital text in the Mayan language. The Maya people had a very sophisticated culture as they had beliefs which shaped their way of living. They placed much value to children and acknowledged the need to protect them from loss of souls and evils for they believed that they were the most vulnerable group. Body modification was also widely practised among the Maya people. For instance, they often had teeth sharpened or shaped or encrusted them with gem implants to show the nobility status. Additionally, the Maya people were interested in space and time. Most of the things they made were based on their observation of the world and predictions of weather and future events.
The Maya people were generous as manifested in Popol Vuh (2007), a collection of Mayan myths. For example, these people welcomed a non-resident to have coffee and a bench to sit on. The community valued their ancient beliefs and history, which led them to periodically display their ancient books during state occasions as declared by their rulers. The periodic display indicated that the Maya people were conscious of the changing time. Also, they worshiped gods, whom they believed had supreme powers. According to Dixon (2017), Popol Vuh was composed following a declaration that the Maya gods had accomplished their purpose of purity being and truth before the Christian God arrived. The people said that their Earth god was more significant than saints and Christ since antiquity in the Maya society denotes authority as they worshiped him for centuries before the Europeans arrived.
Popol Vuh expresses and supports Mayan understanding of creation and the human’s place in the universe. The Maya community, from the Popol Vuh story of creation, believed that humans were made from yellow and white corn. This view made them consider maize to be sacred since it acted as a link between them and their ancestors and also as food substance for body and spirit. The belief that they were made from maize helped them value the plant, which was the main source of their livelihood. From the Popol Vuh story of creation, human beings were made by a supreme deity; thus, the Mayan community was in a better position to respect God as they believed in the existence of a supreme power. The Mayan community, in their story of creation, believed that their gods’ first attempt to create human beings failed, but in the end, they succeeded in making humans from yellow and white corn. From this example, the Mayan community learned persistence as failing during the first attempt does not indicate one will fail during another attempt.
The Popol Vuh creation myth expresses human beings should respect their creator and live with peace. The Maya community lived together in harmony as they had a feeling of belonging since they had something in common. The two twins, whom they believed introduced corn, were their symbol of togetherness. Additionally, their belief in common gods and being from the same ancestral origin helped them stay together in peace. The myth helped the Maya community adopt Christianity as they both had a supreme being whom they worshiped. The Maya people believed they were created by supreme beings, the same way Christians believe that God created them.