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Mitos y leyendas: The First Men According to the Mayans

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  • Today we share with you the legend of the first men.
  • Since these kinds of stories vary across cultures, we’d like to mention that this version is from the Mayans.
  • We hope you enjoy it and find it captivating.

The gods decided to create new beings capable of communicating and harnessing the resources of the earth, but on the condition that they would honor their creators.

Thus, they molded the first man from clay, meticulously crafting every detail.

However, the result was disappointing: these creatures lacked teeth, with empty eyes and a clumsy appearance that made them fragile and prone to disintegration underwater.

Though they possessed the gift of speech with a harmonious voice, they lacked awareness of their words.

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Despite their flaws, the gods decided to let these fragile beings live, hoping they would struggle to survive, reproduce, and improve.

Yet, the new creatures made of wood also failed to meet expectations: though they could walk upright, they lacked feelings and awareness of their dependence on the gods.

They lived aimlessly and without emotion in their voices until the gods decided to condemn them to death by a rain of ashes followed by a flood that destroyed everything.

The gods attempted to create new beings, but they too failed to satisfy their expectations. They were attacked by birds and felines and faced the wrath of other objects and animals.

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Terrified, humans tried to seek refuge in vain until the few survivors transformed into monkeys, thus retaining the form of the first humans.

Once again, the gods attempted to create intelligent beings, this time using corn and wood to form sturdier bodies.

These new beings, called Balam Quitzé, Balam Acab, Ma Hucutah, and Iqui Balam, showed intelligence and understanding of the world around them.

However, the gods decided to limit their knowledge to prevent them from becoming too proud.

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They also created women to accompany the men and populated the earth with their descendants, some of whom were chosen as priests.

Thus, the first humans multiplied and formed tribes in the eastern region, guided by Balam Quitzé and the other elders.

Undoubtedly, a beautiful story from a culture that continues to amaze anyone who undertakes the task of getting to know it.

Mitos y leyendas bids you farewell for now and hopes that the legend of the first men according to the Mayans has been to your liking. Until next time!

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