The Turtle in Mayan Mythology

At the end of my talk The Yucatan Connection to Atlantis and Lemuria Using Cayce Clues and Mythology on Wednesday at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. for the Edgar Cayce Forum, a man came up to me and asked me the significance of the turtle in Mayan Mythology.

I knew the turtle had to be significant to the Maya in some way since I remembered seeing a large turtle made of earth and carved stone in one of the Mayan ruins I visited.

Well, it turns out that when the Maya looked at the constellation of stars we presently call Orion, the Hunter, they saw instead a turtle. It represented the original domestic oven.

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Cat - December 11, 2021

Where can I find this talk and more information about this? I was guided to research this and found this page by searching. Can you advise where I can find more info on the Turtle and its relationship to the Mayan Calendar, Atlantis, and Lemuria?

Thank you,

Dan De Los Monteros - September 16, 2015

I visited Chichen Itza when I was in high school and brought back a small statue I purchased roadside. It shows a Mayan god holding a cup with a turtle on his head. I’ve done some research online and can’t find anything. Do you know which god this is or anything describing his sitting position with the turtle above him?

    carolchapman - May 30, 2016

    Hi Dan, Here’s something I found about the Turtle God at the Healing-Energy-Info.com website. It says that the Turtle was a calendar god of the Haab calendar for the month corresponding to our June 11th to June 30th. I’ve copied their selection on the turtle with a link so you can explore their excellent website:

    Mayan Astrology Signs–Haab Calendar

    Kayab: June 11th to June 30th
    Meaning: Turtle, Moon Goddess, One God
    Mayan Zodiac Symbols Interpretation: Those born in the Kayab sign have a natural affinity for the moon and spiritual endeavors. You most likely find yourself searching for the deeper meaning in everyday occurrences. The turtle is your animal totem. Turtles have deep signfigance as the carriers of ancient wisdoms and the carriers of the earth.


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