Maya Mythology

The Maya Gods of Mesoamerica...

HUNAHPU

Maya Sun God

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

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

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: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Sun
Area of expertise: Sun

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 252

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Article last revised on April 12, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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