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ALPHABET-GODS

Obsolete Godly ID scheme for Maya deities

In the early days of archeological exploration, when glyphs and codices were still a complete mystery, no-one had a clue what the Maya gods' names were. So for administration purposes, they were identified by letters of the alphabet.

"This is a picture of God A, and underneath is God B. Please insert God C into Slot D and connect to God E using the tool provided."

This Godly A-to-Z was first compiled by Paul Schellhas in 1904, with various revisions appearing over the years. As more information came to light, Godologists were gradually able to work out the names of each God. But the A-to-Z system still pops up today, so we've incorporated it thus:

God A: AH-PUCH
God A': KAM
God B: CHAC
God C: XAMAN-EK
God CH: XBALANQUE
God D: ITZAMNA
God E: YUM-KAAX
God F: BULUC-CHABTAN
God G: KINICH-AHAU
God H: CHICCAN
God I: Anonymous Goddess of Love
God J: Er, try XBALANQUE
God K: BOLON-TZAKAB
God L: VOTAN
God M: EK-CHUAH
God N: UAYEB
God O: IXCHEL
God P: FROG-GOD
God Q: ETZNAB
God R: BULUK-KAB
God S: HUNAHPU
God T: No takers
God U: God-U-Like? Could be BOLON-TZAKAB
God V: Vanished?
God W: Where?
God Y: EK-ZIP
God Z: AH-TZUL

More anonymous gods can be found in our entry on OLMEC-GODS.

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Article last updated on 06 January 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT ALPHABET-GODS : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : ALPHABET-GODS
Location : Mesoamerica
Gender : Both male and female
Type : Concept
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 686

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