Maize Mountain Story - the discovery and opening of Maize Mountain
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Maize Mountain

Maya Tonina
Corn God

Maya people liked to tell a story about how people first got corn (maize) to eat. There were a lot of different versions of this story, but they mostly had the idea that at one time all the corn was hidden inside a mountain, and then the gods sent a bolt of lightning down to split open Maize Mountain so people could get in and find the secret of growing corn. (Compare this story to the Greek story of Demeter giving the people wheat).

More about the history of corn

Bibliography and further reading about early Central American religion:

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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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