Olmecan Gods

Ahau Chamahez - This dog-headed goddess protects and blesses all who seek good health through healthy living. She represents the preventative side of medicine and her followers encourage all to pursue cleanliness in both body and mind.

Ahmuzencab - The never-seen god (or goddess, perhaps) of bees, honey, and tree fruits, Ahmuzencab guides the bees to the flowers of orange and lemon trees, where they gather their nectar to create honey, one of the three sacred earthly blessings in the Olmecan pantheon. It is believed that those who see him or her are taken by bees to a hidden realm of eternal dawn beyond the reach of Camazotz.

Ahpeku - The red-skinned god could almost pass for a burly Olmecan warrior, if not for the unnatural rumble that constantly surrounds him wherever he goes. He is a minor deity, often seen as an intermediary for approaching mighty Hurakan.

Camazotz - The bat-headed patron of dark places, the dead (bodies), and the Olmecan underground. Camazotz is often feared and respected due to his mysterious appearances and demands for sacrifices. As the god of the dead, Camazotz does not often make appearances, as with every death he is venerated among the people.

Hurakan - Also known as the Heart of the Sky, Hurakan is a one-legged, lightning-throwing god who appears only at the onset of the mightiest of storms. When his presence is noted, sacrifices must be made swiftly, or his wrath is unleashed upon the people below through everything from floods to lightning-animated tools.

Indazotze - An aspect of Camazotz differentiated mostly by his affinity for fires, volcanoes, and other burning places. Indazotze may or may not be the same deity as Camazotz, and neither acknowledges the existence of the other. He is more likely to appear in the flesh than Camazotz; the reasons for this are unknown.

Itzamna - The Olmecan patron of agriculture and culture in general has seen a significant decline over the centuries to the point where he has become seen as the father who has gone missing from the pantheon. According to a thousand-year old prophecy, his disappearance would usher out the Olmecan pantheon.

Kukulcan - The “feathered serpent” is commonly known as the War Serpent among the Olmecan people. Among non-Olmecans, he is perhaps best known by the bastardized name Ketzalcoatl, and served by a race of magical divine feathered serpents known as the couatl. In either case, he is the one deity who can always be found commonly worshiped by all Olmecans at all times, and he is equally loved, respected, and feared.

Mictlantecuhtli - The Olmecan Lord of the Underworld (Mictlan) is often depicted as a wide, emaciated skeleton of a man with monkey-like features. As protector of the souls of all dead Olmecans, Mictlantecuhtli maintains a fanatical watch over his charge, making sure that no others, especially other gods, move to interfere in the workings of the afterlife. He is also, perhaps ironically, the only god of the Olmecan pantheon who is married, and his wife, Mictecacihuatl, is in all ways his equal.

Naum - One of the creator gods of the Olmecan people, Naum invested people with minds and thoughts, which distinguished them from the animals of the world. When Naum appears, which is rare, it is as an old, rat-headed man with a long pink tail and an almost-impossible-to-understand accent.

Tezcatlipoca - Another of the creator gods of the Olmecan people, Tezcatlipoca is the god of crafts and magic (among many other things). He is a covetous god, claiming dominion over everything from the night sky to jaguars to the north to hurricanes (which has caused strife with Huracan)… and strife is also something that he claims as his dominion. He is a rebel among the gods, and his appellation, “the smoking mirror” refers to everything from his spreading influence to his watching over everything to his vanity to his obsession with obsidian (which he, of course, claims dominion over).

Tlaloc - The blue-skinned alligator-headed god of rain, water, and fertility is one of the creator gods of the Olmecan people. There is no question that in all matters related to rain, specifically, and rivers, generally, Tlaloc is the supreme and unquestioned lord. Those who defy his will, including gods, find themselves unable to create progeny either through physical or magical means. He is a vengeful god, and unless appropriate and generous sacrifices are frequently made in his name, suffering follows.

Tlatzoteotl - A goddess of childbirth, adultery, and filth, Tlatzoteotl is a paradox in the Olmecan pantheon. She represents both sin and a cleansing of sin, and in this aspect is often shown as an eater of filth and excrement. As the mind and soul are tied to a body, which is necessarily a thing of the earth and therefore filthy and dirty, she is seen as a necessary evil, and only by acknowledging her and respecting her can one receive her blessing.

Vucub-Cakiu - A bird-headed god predisposed towards malicious acts, especially towards “heroes” and those who would see themselves as approaching the gods in power. He is known to appear in stealth and sever and arm or even the head of someone who offends him. The victim’s limb is brought back to his home, wherever that is, as a grim trophy, where it is supposedly brought back to “life”.

Xipe Totec - The flayed god is a peculiar paradox, not unlike Tlatzoteotl. Xipe Totec is a god of rebirth through sacrifice, specifically blood sacrifice. His followers believe that by pouring blood upon fields one can restore fields to health and by doing the same on sacrificial stones, one can do the same for a town or city. Death and blood spawns life and new growth.

Zotzilaha - The cave-like home of the bat-headed patron of the dead, this name is often applied to Camazotz, too.

Olmecan Gods

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