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CHIBIL KIN

Maya Eclipse concept

Also known as Chi'bil K'in

Picture of the Maya Eclipse concept Chibil Kin from our Maya mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

The Biting of the Sun

In other words, an eclipse. As all educated people know, eclipses are caused by demons eating the sun. Never mind all that scientific nonsense about orbits.

The Maya tended to believe that during an eclipse an animal or demon was biting chunks out of the sun — always a sign of very bad things about to happen.

So far we cannot find any specific animal or demon willing to accept responsibility. But a rumor has floated down to us over the centuries that it may have been a leafcutter ant. An extremely hungry one.

Chibil Kin Facts and Figures

Name: Chibil Kin
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Chi'bil K'in

Gender: Sorry, we don't know
Type: concept
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Eclipses
Area of expertise: Eclipse, Eclipses

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 802

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Article last revised on April 18, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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