Itzamna

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Itzamna

(ētsäm`nä), chief deity of the Maya. Son of Hunab Ku, the creator, he was believed to be lord of the heavens, day, and night. Thought by the Maya to have been the inventor of writing and books, Itzamna was, by extension, creator of the calendar and chronology. He was a benevolent deity.
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Her arguments concerning the transference of the sacral power of the Maya high deity, Itzamnaaj, to a statue of the Virgin Mary at Itzmal may be problematic, both for the neatness of the narrative (idols behind altars, again) and the thinness of supporting documentation.
Por ejemplo: en la Figura 48, donde se retrato a la Senora Hix Bahlum junto a Pajaro Jaguar W, ambos haciendo autosacrificio; la Figura 49, donde se encuentra la imagen de la Senora K'abal Xook, esposa principal del gobernante Itzamnaaj Bahlam III conjurando a un ser hibrido y celebrando la ascension al trono de su marido; y la Figura 52, donde Pajaro Jaguar IV realiza una danza junto a una de sus consortes, la Senora Gran Craneo: escena en la que el sostiene un cetro con la representacion del dios K'awiil y ella carga un atado con jades.