Ancient Mythology Short Stories – Cleo

This Semester, I will be working on an independent project focusing on four major ancient religions: Mayan, Mesopotamian, Zoroastrianism, and Norse. My goal is to write about five to six short stories about selected characters from these various religions. My general style of writing is to explore the emotions of the characters, in order to create a narrative surrounding that.  Each of their own unique experiences will be characterized by their relationship with other deities and with the people who the they govern. With this project, I hope to gain a better understanding of various ancient cultures, while simultaneously developing my skills as a writer.

My first story will be surrounding the Mayan demonic characterization of the Earth’s crust: Zipacna. Zipacna was a predecessor to the gods for whom the Mayans showed devotion and love. Zipacna, like many others of his ‘generation’ of gods, were considered by the Mayans to be cruel, vain, and evil. He is said to have been bathing on a beach when a party of 400 warrior men came in search of materials by which to build a shelter. Zipacna mocked the men for their insufficient strength, but offered to carry the wood that they needed in a demonstration of both goodwill and arrogance. The men felt inferior because of his great strength and so they plotted to kill him.  Zipacna, being sly and deceitful, caught wind of this and faked his own death, so that he could exact his revenge upon them later. He sent their shelter toppling over them effectively crushing them.  Zipacna was eventually killed by the ‘Hero Twins’ in revenge for this act, when they dropped a mountain onto him causing his skin to form the Earth’s Crust.

“Zipacna.” Encyclopedia Mythica. 2015. Encyclopedia Mythica Online.
13 Sep. 2015 <http://www.pantheon.org/articles/z/zipacna.html>.

National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Maya mask. Stucco frieze from Placeres, Campeche. Early Classic period (c. 250 - 600 AD. Joyce Kelly 2001 An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico, p.105.

National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Maya mask. Stucco frieze from Placeres, Campeche. Early Classic period (c. 250 – 600 AD. Joyce Kelly 2001 An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico, p.105.

2 thoughts on “Ancient Mythology Short Stories – Cleo

  1. lwhochbe

    I’m going to just going ahead and say I’m really excited to work on this project with you! And while we’re going to be doing completely separate stories, this looks like really good material. Mayan mythology has some fascinating characters, my favorite actually being Hunapu and Xbalanque. I was wondering what you plan to do with Zipacna; do you have any designs for the story yet/an excerpt?

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  2. lmagliente

    Cleo, I’m super excited to read your mythology stories. I see that you are writing about ancient mythology and Leo is writing about modern mythology. I’m pumped to read both and see the differences between your stories!

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