A Local Creation Story from Quirigua about Time but not Space (i.e.


A fascinating inscription is recorded on the north side of Stela C, Copan in western Honduras, where it is said that a stone was erected and tied or wrapped in a previous Long Count. The stone was tied or wrapped on the date 13 “Kalabtun”, 5 Ajaw 18 Ohl and 4 Ajaw 18 Ik’at according to the inscription. The lord of Copan, Waxaklajun U-Baah K’awil, is portrayed on the stela, standing in front of a turtle stone disc (Newsome 1991: 255; 2001: 155159; Schele and Mathews 1998: 141-146). A creation or a destruction of various worlds is not, however, referred to in the extant classic Maya inscriptions. On the other hand, the information from Stela C, Copan could suggest that the earth and human beings were created in a previous Long Count period. But there is a lack sufficient data to corroborate this theory. Based upon Indigenous world age creation stories from the Americas, it is reason to assume that the human race is believed only to have existed in the present world age (supposedly) referring to the Long Count as in the classic Maya case. The fact is that no anthropogenic is recorded in the extant classic Maya inscriptions. Various primary texts tell of founding rulers at Palenque, Tikal and Copan only as early as between 1100 BC and 600 BC of the contemporaneous Long Count (cf. Martin and Grube 2000).[1]

The present earth was created before the initiation of the contemporary Long Count according to the inscription on the east side of Stela C, Quirigua since it recounts that three stones were erected and then tied or wrapped on 4 Ajaw 8 Ohl. The earth was therefore not simultaneously created with the present Long Count calendar.

  • [1] It is a question whether these described beings were deities or so-called “hombre-dioses” (“man-deities”) (Cf. Lopez Austin 1973) and not human beings.
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