As I mentioned earlier this is my beloved’s birthday, so I thought it fitting to present this heart- bearing Underworld God as an offering. Much of the Popol huh takes place in the Underworld-Xibalba, Place of Fright.
Of course I just love that, always happier designing demons than heroes.
The following fellow is inspired by a Tzitzimitl demon taken from the 16th century Codex Magliabechiano *. And although the Tzitzimitl are technically Star Demons, I couldn’t resist playing with the image. According to the Illustrated Dictionary of The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya , the Lords of Xibalba are a silly lot; for although they are “…ruthless and clever” they are frequently and easily duped. I wanted to capture that sense of arrogance and foolish pride.
The following is the source taken from the aforementioned Illustrated Dictionary (177)
What I particularly enjoyed about this source material was the garland of severed hands- so perversely gruesome and the phallic snake between his legs-so perversely funny.
That seems, from my study of Mesoamerican art and culture to be a typical trait. Even the little skulls beneath the figure are amusing, not so very funny for those sacrificed but for modern observers there is a charm and wit about them. My question continues to be how much of the humor was intentional? I haven’t found an answer no matter how many exhibitions and conferences I have attended, but I want to explore that question.
For my own Birthday Demon I gave him a garish showgirl headdress replete with mutilated hands and pulsating veins, bits of creepy this and that complete the ensemble. I of course could not resist the puerile temptations of depicting the serpentine priapic state. With my new handy-dandy micro-fasteners ( in near perfect colors) I was able to create a bit of naught peek-a-boo.
Happy Birthday David!
In the demon’s clawed hand he offers a freshly culled heart as a birthday greeting to my Sweetpea, so perfectly Aztec ( I’m sure he will be thrilled).
Well that is it for today, Happy Birthday Bubbe.
Until next time, take care,
* Miller,Mary,and Karl Taube.”Tzitzimitl.”An illustrated Dictionary of The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya.Paperback ed. 1997.Print.