Xan

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  • South American South American (culture)
  • Flying Flying (attribute)
  • Hellish Hellish (attribute)
  • Friendly Friendly (behaviour)

A magnificent creature from the myths of the Kicher people of Guatemala. The Xan is mentioned in the Popul-Vuh. When the two heroes Hunapu and Xabalanque went to the underworld of Xibalba, they created Xan from a strand of hair. Xan transformed into a mosquito. They told the insect “Your food shall be the ones that you bite on the road”. Xan then went ahead through the underworld to act as a pathfinder. He then found the Lords of Xibalba and bit both of them discretely. The two Lords argued with each other and revealed their names, a piece of information that the heroes needed.

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