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I am Itzamna, an elderly creator. I will do my best to be your guide. I ask for your continued support, Summoner of the Blue Age.
Itzamna

Itzamna is the former chief deity in the Mayan pantheon, being the lord of medicine and was worshiped as the moon deity and the bringer of civilization along with being the husband of the goddess Ixchel.

Overview

Itzamna is the son of the Supreme Mayan deity. As the avatar of the sun god, he is the ruler of Heaven, day, and night. He is praised as a hero for introducing writing, religion, and land division to the people.

Itzamná was also a culture hero who gave humankind writing and the calendar and was patron deity of medicine. Being the lord of medicine, Itzamna was able to banish fatal illnesses and raise the dead. His cult was very popular with the death obsessed Mayans, whom were presented with the gifts of drawings, writing and the order of religious ceremonies. He also instructed the Mayans with the concept of land ownership, which was reflected in the Mayan culture. A unique feature of this cult was that this deity was not responsible for any catastrophes - being completely benign, making the fields fertile, along with ensuring an adequate supply of water for the Mayans.

It was possible he was fathered by the sun deity, since Itzamna acted as an all-sustainer in Mayan creation myths and intervened whenever it was necessary, which was a great contrast to the behavior of Hunab Ku, another, much more aloof, creator deity.

Appearance

Itzamna's appearance was a toothless old man with sunken cheeks and a very prominent nose.

Personality

Despite his appearance, Itzamna was a very powerful and benevolent deity.

Powers and Abilities

History

Later on, the creator god Kukulkan took his place as his successor for the new chief god.

Myths and Legends

Occurring to early sources that variously connect, and sometimes identify, Itzamna with Hunab Ku (an invisible high god), Kinich Ahau (the sun deity), and Yaxcocahmut (a bird of omen).

J. Eric S. Thompson originally interpreted the name Itzamna as "lizard house", itzam being a Yucatecan word for iguana and naaj meaning "house". However, Thompson's translation has gradually been abandoned. While there is no consensus on the exact meaning of the name Itzamna, it may be significant that itz is a root denoting all sorts of secretions (such as dew, sap, and semen) and also sorcery. The otherwise unattested, agentive form itzam could thus mean "asperser" or "sorcerer". Although one finds God D's Classic name glyph commonly rendered as "Itzamnaaj", this reading still awaits confirmation.

Quotes

Now, let's compete in creating. Please surprise me, won't you?
Itzamna
Inspiration is just the beginning. Let's go beyond that.
Itzamna
I see... creation is a profound thing. I thought I understood it, but...
Itzamna
You're that astringent fruit which ripens in the harsh winter. My apologies, that expression was perhaps a little too aesthetic? What I meant to say, was that this dragon has fallen in love with you.
Itzamna

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