The Day Thor Visited Antigua Guatemala

Capturing Lightning from a Balcony in Antigua Guatemala by Rudy Girón

Last night was the night. Thor, the hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing, and fertility decided to pay a visit to the Maya Hero Twins Hunajpu and Ixbalanque who are the central figures of a narrative included within the colonial K’iche’ document called Popol Vuh, and constituting the oldest Maya myth to have been preserved in its entirety. Called Hunahpu and Xbalanque in the K’iche’ language, the Twins have also been identified in the art of the Classic Mayas (200-900 AD). The Twin motif recurs in many native American mythologies; the Mayan Twins in particular could be considered as mythical ancestors to the Mayan ruling lineages. According to the legend, when the twins departed Xibalba and climbed back up to the surface of the Earth the volcanoes Agua and Fuego were formed. Always follow the white rabbit to learn more about Maya Hero Twins Hunajpu and Ixbalanque.

Honestly, I do not know if Thor’s visit was a cordial social visit; you never know with gods. But, we were lucky in Antigua Guatemala to have a lightning and thunder show for a couple of hours all around the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. I managed to make a few captures for you. Enjoy!

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  • El Canche

    Great picture Rudy; full of atmosphere! I love thunder storms when I’m in my house, but we don’t get those powerful ones over here in England. Apart from the picture, I have to commend you on your vibrant and poetic command of the English language which puts most of my compatriates to shame!

    • Thanks Canche, I was just being playful with the references to Nordic and Maya mythology, and obscure cult references to Lewis Carroll’s book, the film The Matrix in a sort of Woody Allen’s way. I’m glad someone besides me enjoys it.