“WHERE THE FIVE POINTS MEET WITH MOTHER EARTH AND THE COSMOS”
THE FIVE KEEPERS OF THE CELESTIAL VAULT
Within Mayan worldview, the man stands as the universe’s axis holding in his hands the responsibility for the existence and management of everything around him. The current world was, according to the Mayan culture, supported by four guardian brothers, called bacabes, or bacabob, located in the four cardinal points and the fifth that communicates all levels of creation. Our concept proposes a link between the guardians of the celestial vault, symbolizing every four cardinal points and center, and some of the animal species regarded as sacred within the Mayan tradition.
Divinity and the sun
Mediators of heaven and earth, for the Mayans these animals constituted a manifestation of the divine forces and their link with nature. In BAK ’, the Snake pairs the North, symbolizing the earthly world and wisdom, considered the earth’s incarnation of the sun and the primary source of life.Mediators of heaven and earth, for the Mayans these animals constituted a manifestation of the divine forces and their link with nature. In BAK ’, the Snake pairs the North, symbolizing the earthly world and wisdom, considered the earth’s incarnation of the sun and the primary source of life.
Mayan culture saw the endemic fauna as mysterious and fearsome creatures while at the same time divine and worthy of admiration. For BAK’, the Jaguar is the one who accompanies the south’s guardian, representing the power of the night as a sacred door to the underworld and counterpart of the light.
Veil of the day and abundance
Night veil and freedom
Meeting point of human and cosmic elements, nature for the Maya was closely related to their vision of the universe. In BAK ’ , the Eagle balances our existence and consciousness with its dark mantle of high celestial power, right at the point where the sun sets to give way to the night.
Rax / Xar
Relationship between man and nature
And just as nature had a prominent role in their lives and cosmogony, so did the passage of time. In the center of the Mayan world was the exact point at which nature united the heavens and the underworld. For BAK ’ , the Crocodile is located right at the center of the universe and the cosmos, carrying the world on its back and keeping the timely arrival of the rains and guarding fertility of living creatures on earth.