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Reproduction of a Picture in the Maya Codex Troano representing the Rain-god Chac treading upon the Serpent's head

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Reproduction of a Picture in the Maya Codex Troano

I reproduce here a remarkable drawing from the Codex Troano, in which this god, whom the Maya people called Chac, is shown pouring the rain out of a water-jar (just as the deities of Babylonia and India are often represented), and putting his foot upon the head of a serpent, who is preventing the rain from reaching the earth. Here we find depicted with childlike simplicity and directness the Vedic conception of Indra overcoming the demon Vritra. Stempell describes this scene as "the elephant-headed god B standing upon the head of a serpent"; while Seler, who claims that god B is a tortoise, explains it as the serpent forming a footstool for the rain-god.

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The Evolution of the Dragon
by G. Elliot Smith
Published 1919
Available from gutenberg.org
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Gods, Mexico, Mythology
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