In Maya mythology , Camazotz (/kɑːməˈsɒts/ from Mayan /kämäˈsots/) (alternate spellings Cama-Zotz, Sotz, Zotz) is a bat god. Camazotz means “death bat” in the Kʼicheʼ language. In Mesoamerica the bat is associated with night, death, and sacrifice.
In Greek mythology, bats are associated with the underworld- Persephone and Hades. The bat is a god of death in Mayan culture.
While Gucumatz was the most popular god , Hunab-Ku is considered the supreme deity of the pantheon of the Maya , known as `Sole God ‘.
Bats are remarkable and mystical creatures, the only mammals that can fly. If you encounter a bat , it is a sign or an omen of letting something die. The bat is trying to tell you that that part of your life is done and you should allow its rebirth and not obstruct it –it is one of the important symbols of rebirth.
Scholars have suggested a number of potential reasons for the downfall of Maya civilization in the southern lowlands, including overpopulation, environmental degradation, warfare, shifting trade routes and extended drought. It’s likely that a complex combination of factors was behind the collapse.
The Mayan religion was Polytheist , and they worshiped more than 165 Gods. The Gods were human-like. The Gods were born, grew up and died.
For the Aztecs, deities of particular importance are the rain god Tlaloc ; Huitzilopochtli , patron of the Mexica tribe; Quetzalcoatl , the feathered serpent and god of wind and learning; and Tezcatlipoca , the shrewd, elusive god of destiny and fortune.
In addition to his guise as a plumed serpent, Quetzalcóatl was often represented as a man with a beard, and, as Ehécatl, the wind god, he was shown with a mask with two protruding tubes (through which the wind blew) and a conical hat typical of the Huastec people of east-central Mexico.