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Zamná

Updated on July 1, 2017

A Maya Legend

Zamná, the son of Votán, had remained with his partisans in this hot land; by love toward his father, he wanted to perpetuate his arrival to this unknown region where the sea had casted it out.

The high priest, Zamná, loved this land lacking the sliding waters, although the sea extended before those lands. Out of that, they did not delay in constructing pyramids, temples, fortresses, grouping around them its hovels, finding the first city neighboring the coast. It sheltered them from this coast when their canoes and crossed miraculously the coastal immensity and were to run aground to these remote beaches.

There, the priest Zamná founded Tzamal -- where the dew descended -- a city where the priest governed, meanwhile the warrior caste sustained the government and the people worked as agriculturalists and craftsmen, and who were united with the love of the gods.

These people did not delay in dedicating themselves a pyramid to their chief priest, founder of Izamal and creator of the new city, to who they deified and which his subjects called him Ytzamal-ul -- the one that receives and possesses the charm from the dew of the sky. Especially when they asked him his name, he invariably answered:

"Yteen-caan, Yteen-caan -- I am the sky's and the clouds' dew and supporter."

Zamná, since he possessed the title of prophecy, was an oracle and the most distant peoples arrived to consult with him. Besides, he treated the sick and they assured that he resurrected the dead.

Also, he said that many places, such as the coasts, the ports, the mountains, and everywhere else, ought to be named after him. He had invented hieroglyphic writing, language, all sciences, and religion. Their rituals were sincere and pure and the gods were only offered flowers and fruit. His subjects assured that it was the same wisdom that represented light and life.

In the city founded by Zamná, Izamal, he built a pyramid and on top of it, he erected a temple dedicated to Ka-bul -- the workshop's hand. There, Zamná tended to the sick he cured and the dead that were conveyed to his presence. He assured the dead by resurrection just by touching them. When this maker of civilization dies, the people constructed a giant hand that they placed in the temple where he officiated.

This temple was well honored that the whole southern region made great religious pilgrimages after the son of Votán had disappeared. The people from the region carried influential and sincere offerings.

The religious pilgrimages were so big and so devout that it was necessary to build four large, brief causeways at four cardinals points, which trespassed the frontiers crossing the neighboring villages. The devoted followers could not all fit in spite of the constructed building being so big in the pyramid's peak.

This pyramid was formed from tilled stones and one could look at the seas from its peak. The royal priests that succeeded Zamná, built very beautiful pyramids. Having built profusely wroughted on one side, there was a giant face of the god who represented the sky's dew.

Furthermore, it was assured that the biggest and most beautiful pyramids were sepulchers where the remains of Zamná were distributed. He had been the founder of a marvelous civilization. He made the miracle belonging to an arid peninsula in which his father arrived on who was from an unknown land overseas. By his magic, he converted upon a powerful village into an empire of superior culture to Asian peoples of antiquity within years.

Thus, these artists and builders, these sages and amazing astronomers were descendants of the mysterious Votán and his son, Zamná, who arrived from an unknown, distant place beyond the sea within and beyond our shores.

The Maya people, surged from the creative spirit of Zamná, filled out the Maya peninsula with their innumerable monuments. Not only they filled out the proper temples with their religious cult, but also filled out their very luxurious palaces, colonnades, and porticos. Transversely through the centuries, they speak to us about a people so great, rich, and yet in the present time, it amazes and astounds many.


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