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Picture of the Mayan Agriculture God YUM-KAAX from our Mayan mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Mayan Agriculture God

Also known as NAL, YUM-KAX, GOD-E

Lord of the Jungle and Dynamic God of Agriculture

He’s a promising youngster with a trendy corn headdress, but is always getting into fights with bad weather, famine and drought.

Due to codex confusion, for many years YUM-KAAX became synonymous with the Maya maize deity known to scholars as God E. They must have been thinking of Vitamin E. Maize is full of goodness, and his name does sound like a breakfast cereal. (Try a bowl of nutritious Yummy Kaax today!)

As protector of the forest and guardian of wild plants and animals, YUM-KAAX is invoked by farmers and hunters who depend upon his goodwill. Little carvings or other gifts are the usual way to get on his good side.

He is usually depicted holding a small pot of maize plants and looking extremely displeased about something. Probably that unfortunate business with the breakfast cereal.


Location : Mesoamerica
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Agriculture and Farming
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : NAL, YUM-KAX, GOD-E
Popularity index : 13069
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Article last updated on 08 May 2013 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "Yum-kaax: Mayan God of Farming." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 08 May. 2013. Web. 16 September 2014.

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