Maya Mythology

The Maya Gods of Mesoamerica...

VOTAN

Maya War God

Also known as VOLTAN, OLD-BLACK-GOD, GOD-L

Somewhat mysterious God of Warfare and Death

Votan is the Old Black God of War. And my goodness, he is old. He’s so old that no-one quite remembers who he is. He was very very old with no teeth even when he was first worshiped, which was so long ago it may have been before time began.

We don’t know how black he is either. His face may be painted black, or he might just have been cleaning the chimney or living in a cave for too long. But perhaps it’s the fumes from the potent black cigars he smokes. If you like the good old days and haven’t yet given up smoking, Votan could be the God for you.

Appropriately enough, we are in the dark concerning his household arrangements. He may even be married to Ixchel.

But lo, there is some faint light shining in the darkness. He is also known as God L, and it appears that, L stands for Live Percussion. Yes, Votan is a God of Drums. He invented the art of drum solos in his skin-tight and drumboogie days. We will bring you further information when we track down which band he is currently playing in.

Votan Facts and Figures

Name: Votan
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: VOLTAN, OLD-BLACK-GOD, GOD-L

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

In charge of: War
Area of expertise: War

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 997

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

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