Monkeying around! (Spider monkeys)
Spider Monkey - Ma'ax
The Spider monkey in Maya Yucatec is Ma'ax and is one of the animals found in Belize. Did you know the Spider monkeys are susceptible to Malaria?
Monkeys represent the sacred, the underworld and a man of an earlier creation. The Maya adoration of the monkey is based on the creation legend.
The legend of Popol Vuh:
Long ago, men were made of wood. The wood people were punished by being destroyed, and those few who managed to survive, became monkeys. The Yuumstilo'ob refused to give up and then created a man made of maize (corn).
Photograph by Charlene Reina
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