The Origin of Man According to Mayan Mythology
The Maya people are widely considered the oldest civilization in the world. If you haven't heard much of them before now its no surprise. They are ancient history. The only reason they are coming up as a topic of conversation is because they allegedly predicted that the world will end at the end of this year, 2012. If you are reading this in 2013 or later it's obvious that they were wrong or the prediction was misunderstood. Perhaps though the world as we know it really has ended and somehow a few people survived and were able to resurrect the internet. The prediction about the end of the world wasn't the only legend from Mayan times, there is also a myth about the creation of man.
Mayan myth about the origin of man has great significance and meaning, so it might be one of the more important myths of that civilization. It is said that when the god, Heart of Sky, created Earth he wanted to create beings to worship the gods. First he created animals but the only praise could give was squawking and howling. The next attempt was to make people out of mud but mud people could not talk or reproduce so they were left to dissolve away. After that they decided to make people out of wood, and those creatures could speak very well and even started to multiply but they had no souls and couldn’t recognize their parents, so the gods also destroyed the wooden people. Heart of Sky sent a great hurricane and all the creatures of the forest attacked the wooden people sending them out into the forest where they are said to have turned into monkeys, hence the reason monkeys resemble humans
The frustrated gods made one last attempt to create men. They gathered maize (corn) which was ground nine times by the old goddess Xmucane. She added some water to the corn flour and thus the first four men were created successfully. These men quickly learned how to worship and give sacrifices to their creators.
In Mayan society corn was very important. It was the cultivation of corn that took them from a group of hunter gatherers to a very advanced civilization at the time.
Perhaps now you will look at corn a bit differently :)