Monday, October 24, 2011

The Diving god

Temple of the Diving god, Tulum. The temple is above a cave that may have been a home to beehives.

"Plaque illustrating this ubiquitous deity found in temples of the Yucatan, including temples dedicated to this deity in Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza. I think it is likely that these inverted carvings, inverted to illustrate descending out of the sky, are in commemoration of a visit by Jesus Christ (the white and bearded god of the Maya (Kukulcan) and Aztec (Quetzalcoatl) ) after his resurrection in the Old World."

The Diving god.

The Diving god as the Bee god of Tulum. "The Temple of the Diving God is so named because it has an unusual figure above the doorway that appears to be diving headfirst to earth.
There are many theories about the meaning of these curious carvings which also appear at the Mayan site of Coba but few other sites. They have also been called ¨the bee god¨ or ¨the god descending¨ and have been associated with the planet Venus."

Stela 2 Izapa, Chiapas.
The Diving god, or the Descending god, portrays the falling rain, the setting of the sun, the setting of Venus, or all three. The Bee god of Seibal and Tulum is also depicted as a diving human. The two figures rising to meet him are thought to be the hero twins of "The Popul Vuh", the book of the Quiche Maya.


  1. The photo of the plaque representing the Descending God is my photo of Either give credit with an URL link or please remove it from your blog. Thanks, Dustmop

  2. The photograph of the plaque of the Descending god is by Mark Cheney.

  3. A very fine blog indeed!