Jaguar

Richard G Witham

Joined February 2008

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The (Maya) Jaguar God of Terrestrial Fire is recognizable by a ‘cruller’ around the eyes (making a loop over the nose), jaguar ears, and jaguar fangs. He personifies the number Seven, which is associated with the day Ak’b’al ‘Night’. Usually called ‘Jaguar God of the Underworld’, he has traditionally been assumed to be the ‘Night Sun’, i.e., the shape taken by the sun (Kinich Ahau) during his nightly journey through the underworld. There is little to validate this view; what we do know is, that the so-called Jaguar God of the Underworld was identified with a star or constellation (rather than with the sun), and with terrestrial fire. He is often represented on incense burners, [Like the one pictured below] and is connected to fire rituals. (Wikipedia)

Mixed media photographic arts created with ink, oil, water and textured papers on a glass surface and illuminated from behind the glass; Olympus E-3 and 35 mm macro.

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