Mayan Legend of the Five Suns
"It may well be the Era of the 5th Sun in which we are now supposed to be living is in decline. Creatures on Earth suffer continual testing by the gods, and if any species fails its perishes with the sun to which it belongs. Both Maya and Nahua myths affirm this and there are various versions of the legend of the birth and death of Suns.
In a manuscript called the 'Annals of Cuauhtitlan' one Nahua version relates that the first of five eras - four of which have long since died- was symbolised by and Ocelot. This was the reign of instinctive power dwelling in animal form and in the dark . None of its human inhabitants were saved from extinction the Ocelots devoured them all. The came the Sun of the Air , the era of pure spirit that might at some future date become incarnate. But for the moment the necessary redeeming principle was absent, and the men of this age were turned into monkeys. After this came the Sun of the Rain of Fire but its creatures were destined also to perish except for the birds who were able to fly to safety. Last of the four Suns was the Sun of Water during which the fishes of the sea were created . But this Sun perished by water.
The Four Suns of animal energy earth air fire and water evidently represents the four elements. Each by itself was doomed to die. Only when the 5th Sun was born -Naollin ( four movements) was it possible for the seperate elements in creation to come together and form the living sun of today. We cannot however take it for granted that this sun is immortal only if mankind climbs the ladder of redemption which we have seen represented in the names of the twenty days of the Mayan calendar. The Mayans and Nahuas believed also if the aim of the current sun ( 5th Sun era ) is not fulfilled the world must be destoyed." ( The era of the Mayan 5th Sun ends 21-12-2012 )
Mexican and Central American Mythology
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