Camazotz

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In Maya mythology, Camazotz was a bat god.

In the Popol Vuh the common noun refers to bat-like monsters encountered by the Maya Hero Twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque during their trials in the underworld of Xibalba. Forced to spend the night in Bat House, the boys are able to keep the creatures at bay until Hunahpu loses his head while trying to watch for the coming of dawn. The grieving Xbalanque calls all the animals, instructing each to bring back its favorite food. When the coati returns with a squash, Xbalanque carves it into a new head for his brother, and they continue their adventures, bringing about the eventual defeat of the Xibalbans.


In Madeleine L'Engle's novel A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal for children's literature, Camazotz is the name of a planet enslaved by the evil power of IT, from whom the protagonists Meg and Charles Wallace must rescue their physicist father.

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