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Where do the Sun and good wishes come from?

Published: 2017.12.20 - 12:36:01   /  /  Laura Barrera Jerez  /  translated by  Luis E. Amador Dominguez  /

Where do the Sun and good wishes come from?Have you ever seen a hummingbird in captivity? Why will its presence give off that special breath that envelops everyone?

From the origins of the Mayan civilization, this was one of the most revered and beloved species. According to legend, the gods shaped animals with mud and corn, and then gave each one specific physical and spiritual abilities. It is for this reason that these beings are sacred: they are considered to be direct messengers of divine power.

However, when the tasks were organized, they forgot to commission the transfer of thoughts. What animal would take care of carrying the desires from one place to another? Who would communicate wishes and dreams? Who would alleviate the distance between love souls and isolated family members?

According to the legend, the gods carved an arrow on a jade stone. After a few days, they blew hard and the arrow flew off, turning into a multicolored hummingbird. Since then, this species has been around the world surprising everyone with its charms and whoever dares to enclose it will receive a divine punishment.

It is the only bird that has the ability to pollinate flowers and its wings can cross the air up to 75 times per second. In addition, the bright plumage distinguishes it in any space, despite its small size.

Currently, the hummingbird is known by different names: zunzún, fly bird, quinde, tucusito, hummingbird, chupamirto, chuparrosa, huichichiqui ... Even, many continue to call it according to the indigenous languages: huitzilli in Nahuatl, x ts'unu'um in Maya, tzunún in Huasteco or Jun in Totonaco.

Popular voices tell that the hummingbird can represent the spirit of a deceased person and it is considered by many to be a mythological animal and healer of ailments. Some even attribute the quality of changing the bad luck of the people they meet.

Their feathers are included in many rites and traditions for their supposed magical qualities. As they say, the hummingbird attracts love like a magnet and its presence means that someone sends you their good wishes.

Specifically for the Aztecs or Mexicas, the hummingbirds symbolized brave fighters, due to the force they showed when flying. According to this civilization, these animals never died and therefore were the representation of Huitzilopochtli, the god of war.

According to the Chilam Balam book of Chumayel, the hummingbird is considered to be the father of the sun of the universe: "And Pzimlitec, the one with the green bones, fell at the foot of the flower, and the one who is Eternal (the celestial creator god) transformed it into a hummingbird, and then sucked the honey from the flower, from the flower of the nine petals up to the inside of it. Then he took for a wife the empty flower, and the spirit of the flower went out to wander. When the chalice of this flower was opened, the Sun was inside, and in the middle of it, its name was read. And it happened that the thirteen gods sighed full of desire.”

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