Trying to get my mind off this week, and as a result, an au! In this au Juvia is a rain deity meant to travel and bring rain to drought villages, but due to her mood swings she caused many floods and disasters forcing humans to trap her in one village. At first, locals are diligent about visiting her shrine, however over centuries she is forgotten
I plan on having Gray in this au, depends on if I decide to continue with this
Chac, being the rain god, was closely associated with life and creation. As one might expect, Chac was the all-important deity for the ordinary Maya farmers in particular, whose primary concern was the well-bring of their maize fields.
Chac is presented in the codices with a reptilian face, 2 downwards-facing fangs coming out of his mouth, and a long (usually down-curling) snout. Throughout the Maya area today, the mask panels with this signature long, curled nose, probably represent the head of Chac. Often the nose will be broken off, but the example shown above from Chichen Itza is one typical, and well-preserved example.
Chac had 4 principal aspects. Each of these were associated with a colour and linked to a particular cardinal direction. The great festival named ocna (“enter the house”) was held yearly in the mouth of Yax or Chen, in honour of the Chacs. In order to determine an auspicious day to hold the ceremony, the Bacabs were consulted: who were 4 gods held in close association with the Chacs. Incense burners and idols were renewed during this ceremony.
Photo taken by Dennis Jarvis. When writing up this post, Sylvanus Griswold Morley’s The Ancient Maya (Stanford Uni Press), was of use.