Maya Mythology

The Maya Gods of Mesoamerica...

YUM KAAX

Maya Agriculture God

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

Picture of the Maya Agriculture God Yum Kaax from our Maya mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

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.

Yum Kaax Facts and Figures

Name: Yum Kaax
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: NAL, YUM-KAX, GOD-E

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

In charge of: Agriculture and Farming
Area of expertise: Agriculture, Farming

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 852

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

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