Ah Puch


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Ah Puch

deity of doom; represented as bloated corpse or skeleton. [Maya Myth.: Leach, 30]
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For instance, Burroughs radically reworked the role of Maya priests to meet his own thematic needs, making them gods of death in command of a telepathic control system, while, with the exception of the death god Ah Puch, completely ignoring Xibalba (1) and the nine lords of the underworld in the Maya creation myth, the Popol Vuh.
However, his most extensive elaborations of the Maya occur in The Soft Machine (the first novel of the Nova trilogy), in an interview in The Job, and in the novella Ah Pook Is Here, which takes its title character from Ah Puch, (2) a Maya god of death.
2) Contemporary Mayanists no longer use the name Ah Puch for the Maya god of eath.