Hello! I’m back, with more under-developed connections to mythology. I’ve seen a lot of talk in the last few days on the references to Xibalba, and since the prominence of Maya mythology now seems pretty certain, I thought I’d make a place to compile more potential connections and ponder what it all might mean.[li]
Maize is very central to the Maya narrative; the first ancestors of humanity are made from maize dough and there is a story of a maize hero defeating gods of Thunder and Lightning. In the conclusion of the humanity-creation story, there is a mountain containing all maize/corn/sustenance. The gods of Lightning then send down a thunderbolt, striking the mountain open and allowing people access to its secrets.
The sacred wells of Chichen Itza were for sacrifices to Chaac, a rain god. (In some versions of the myth, according to a poorly-referenced Wikipedia article, he commits adultery with the wife of his brother, the Sun; his tears of regret at this action become the rain.) Furthermore, one of the primary gods of the underworld was called Vucub Came, or Seven-Death.
So, basically, we have the Mountain and the Storm God and Mr. Eaten all mixed up, and I’m not really sure how any of it fits together. I didn’t find anything about God-Eaters, so I’m not sure how they figure in. Given their name, one would expect them to eat a God, not Mr. Eaten; and besides, Mr. Eaten seems to have been stabbed through the heart and drowned in a well. Besides, if the Bazaar’s location has been the skull of a dead god since before the Third City, there may be yet another weather god in the mix. 'Tis all very confusing. Perhaps I just haven’t advanced far enough in the relevant storylines for it to make any sense to me. Thoughts?