Maya mythology

HUNAHPU

Picture of the Maya Sun God Hunahpu from our Maya mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Maya Sun God

Also known as HUNAPHU, HUN-AHAU, HUN-AHAW, HUN-APHU, HUN-NIK, HUNAPU, GOD-S

Sun God and mighty football player

Not to be confused with HUN-HUNAHPU his father, he’s one of the HERO-TWINS, being XBALANQUE’s older brother.

After having amazing adventures in the Underworld, HUNAHPU was elevated to become the Sun God while his brother XBALANQUE became the Moon.

Helpful note: for all those confused by the sheer number of Vucubs, Huns and Hunahpus in our Maya database, here’s a little assistance:

’Hun’ (which is pronounced “hoon”) means ‘One’ or ‘First’.
’Hunahpu’ means ‘Blowpipe-User’ or simply ‘Hunter’.
Vucub’ means ‘Seven or Seventh’.

So HUNAHPU is the Hunter, his dad HUN-HUNAHPU is the First Hunter, and his Hunting Uncle VUCUB-HUNAHPU obviously had a thing about sevens.

Hunahpu Facts and Figures

Name: Hunahpu
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: HUNAPHU, HUN-AHAU, HUN-AHAW, HUN-APHU, HUN-NIK, HUNAPU, GOD-S

Gender: Male
Type: deity
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Sun
Area of expertise: Sun

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 26361

Article last updated on 30 November 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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