The Ch’orti’ Maya Myths of Creation
By Kerry Hull
The Ch’orti’ Maya of southern Guatemala have a rich mythology regarding the creation of the world and the human race. In the last century, internal and external forces (religious and secular) weakened the transmission of oral narratives containing elements of their creation mythology. Hull draws information from all known Ch’orti’ sources relating to the Ch’orti’ Maya view of the creation and early destruction of the world and demonstrates that the disparate, surviving details of the Ch’orti’ creation myth provide a coherent narrative that continues to inform cultural practices today.