What Is the Mayan Myth of Creation and How Did Gucumatz the Serpent Create the Mountains?

In the beginning, the world was a pool of motionless water beneath the sky.

Within the water, Gucumatz, a serpent covered in blue and green feathers, suddenly stirred.

He swam to the surface and spoke to the Heart of Heaven, a god in the sky. They discussed creation, and as they spoke, their words became real.

Around them, mountains and land appeared, trees and flowers burst into bloom.

Animals scampered through the forests.

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