Research on the Use of Jade in Maya Culture

Research on the Use of Jade in Maya Culture

This is NaNoWriMo research for Day 1. Read about Day Zero here.

I’ve been reading about Maya Gods and Goddesses lately.  And conducting research on the use of Jade in Maya culture.

There’s a ton of books I need to get through, and I thought this would be a great place to start.

I noticed that the author in the particular book I’m currently reading repeatedly claims and emphasizes the importance of jade. This is speculated to be related to one of the Maya chief Gods, Quetzalcoatl.

In many historic depictions, Quetzalcoatl is seen riding on a blue feathered, or ‘plumed’ serpent. The plumed serpent could also be interpreted as a dragon.

The blue-green association may be reminiscent of him.

This really struck me when I first read it, as I now have a turquoise colored room.

It was first yellow, then purple, and as I got older I just wanted a calming blue-green color. I also own a jade bracelet and used to gravitate toward turquoise jewelry when I was a kid.

I have to wonder if there is some sort of link there. Or, if there is some sort of connection through trade and shared heritage in observance to American Indian turquoise jewelry of today.  And, does this have any affiliation with the reverence of jade over in China?

(Not to say that the two – China and North America – are explicitly linked.)

More research should tell the tale soon enough.

But, what do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

And…

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