Wayob


Wayob

In Mayan mythology and folklore, the Wayob or Wayob' (plural form - the singular in Yucatec Maya is "way" or "waay") are spirit companions that may sometimes take on physical form. They have passed into modern folklore in the Yucatán Peninsula, as "huayes" in Mexican Spanish, evil spirits or shape-changing sorcerers that prey upon livestock, in particular as the "Huay Chivo" and "Huay Pek".

In the Classic Period, the wayob were powerful spirits; lords, priests and gods in spirit form.

The Wayob can be seen as a regional variant of the wider Mesoamerican concept of the nahual.

ee also

*Alux
*Huay Chivo
*Nahual

References

: cite book |author=aut|Freidel, David A. |coauthors=aut|Linda Schele and aut|Joy Parker |year=1993 |title=Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman's Path|publisher=William Morrow & Co. |location=New York |isbn=0-688-10081-3 |oclc=27430287: cite book |author=aut|Miller, Mary |authorlink=Mary Miller |coauthors=and aut|Karl Taube |year=1993 |title=The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya: An Illustrated Dictionary of Mesoamerican Religion |publisher=Thames & Hudson |location=London |isbn=0-500-05068-6 |oclc=27667317


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