Native Languages of the Americas: Maya Legends and Traditional Stories
This is our collection of links to Maya folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American myths section
by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same
legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to
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(also spelled Ququmatz, Qucumatz, Gucumatz, Kucumatz, K'uk'ulkan, K'uk'ul-chon, and other
ways): The feathered serpent god, closely related to Quetzalcoatl
of the Aztecs. He was most important to the Quiche Maya people, who considered him the
creator of humankind. Among other Mayan cultures, he was more often seen as a messenger
between gods and men, and was sometimes known as the Vision Serpent. Q'uq'umatz is the deity's
name in the K'iche Mayan language, while K'uk'ulkan is his name in the Yucatec Mayan language.
(There are many different Mayan languages and most of them are no more closely related to each
other than English and French, so names can vary widely from one Mayan group to the next.)
Alux (plural Aluxo'ob
of Aluxob): These are magical little people of Yucatec and northern Guatemalan Maya folklore.
They are generally benevolent nature sprites but can be dangerous if they are not treated with the
proper respect. Pronounced ah-loosh.