Maya Lore, Vucub Caquix
After the second creation of the world was destroyed in a flood, what was left was a place without night and day, for neither sun nor moon existed yet. In this realm existed a monstrous bird, however, who claimed to be both, and his name was Vucub Caquix.
Of course this vain character was swiftly dealt with by the Hero Twins, who shot Vucub from atop a nance tree (craboo) and essentially deprived him of his eyes and teeth, anything that could sparkle. The Hero Twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque would eventually rise to become the true sun and moon.
Images courtesy Institute of Archaeology
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