Re: clay in creation myth

Susan Norris (smnorris@HUSC.HARVARD.EDU)
Thu, 3 Feb 1994 23:30:06 -0500


Yes, you have the right book. The Popul Vuh of the Quiche Maya talks of
four attempts at creation by the gods. the first attempt results in the
creation of animals, and the gods are disappointed because they want
creatures that are intelligent, that will worship them. In the second
making, the gods create people of mud who end up melting in the rain.
The third attempt results in people of wood who, although more durable,
still can not talk. Finally, the gods create people made of maize, who
are just right. This legend says a lot about the importance of maize in
Mesoamerican cultures, and the regard the Maya had for their corn. If
you'd like to know more, let me know. Im not an expert, but I love
studying the Quiche.


On Thu, 3 Feb 1994, Mr. Lyster wrote:

> On Sun, 30 Jan 1994, WP Anderson wrote:
> > *Present Subject* - clay in creation
> Uh, Hi. I'm very new to this list, and have other messages to read, so
> someone might have already suggested this: The Popool Vuh.
> I believe one of the five ages of man in there (am I even talking about
> the right book? or am I mixing two up?) involves humanity's creation from
> clay. (and wood, etc.)
> Vago'