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HUN-HUNAHPU
Also known as HUN-HUNAPHU, ONE-HUNAHPU, GOD-S

A picture showing the legend of HUN-HUNAHPU taken from our Mayan mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Mayan Gods, Mayan Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

God of Fertility and Football

Also known as God S. S is for Sport! A wizard of the dribble, he was unfortunate enough to come up against XIBALBA, the Underworld Team, in the Cup Final.

It all started when he was playing football with his sons HUN-BATZ and HUN-CHOEN, with brother VUCUB-HUNAHPU in goal. They made such a noise shouting to each other "pass it this way" and "get into him sonny" and "that ball was never off-side" that they disturbed the Underworld beneath the field.

VUCUB-CAQUIX, Lord of the Underworld, was very irate and sent messengers summoning HUN-HUNAHPU and his brother to the Underworld Cup Final. Along the way there were many dangerous intelligence tests which, being more brawn than brain, they failed miserably. But more humiliation was to come when the XIBALBA Team walked onto the field.

Their star player VUCUB-CAQUIX bent the rules and cut off HUN-HUNAHPU's head. The referee didn't like to say anything or even admit to being there. And who can blame him?

VUCUB-CAQUIX hung the head on a calabash tree. One day an Underworld lass called XQUIC fancied a calabash and picked what was left of HUN-HUNAHPU by mistake.

Game to the last, he managed to pass some sacred spittle into her hand. We did say he was wizard of the dribble.

XQUIC must have swallowed because she gave birth to HUNAHPU and XBALANQUE, otherwise known as the HERO-TWINS.

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Article last updated on 07 January 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT HUN-HUNAHPU : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : HUN-HUNAHPU
Location : Mesoamerica
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : HUN-HUNAPHU, ONE-HUNAHPU, GOD-S
Popularity index : 1107

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