The Maya maize god

A bigger picture

Understanding the cycle of seasons is of vital importance for the survival of any culture and most cultures have gods or goddesses associated with this cycle. The Maya maize god provides an interesting link to exploring harvests and gods and goddesses around the world.



A marble statue of Demeter the Greek goddess of harvest.

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Chicomecoatl is the Aztec goddess of maize. In this statue she is shown standing wearing a large rectangular headdress.

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The goddess Annapurna is the Hindu goddess of harvest and nourishment. In this figurine she is holding a ladle filled with cakes.

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Harvest festival drawing


A drawing showing native North Americans taking part in a dance which is probably taking place during the Green Corn harvest festival.

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Yam harvest altar


An altar made for the yam harvest festival by the Igbo people of southern Nigeria.

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Harvest jug


A harvest jug from England, AD 1669. They are called harvest jugs because they are associated with jugs that were used to take beer to farm workers during the harvest.

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The Maya maize god