A Mayan god would have inspired Batman’s character: Camazotz, the “bat of death”

In the comics, Batman is the secret identity of tycoon Bruce Wayne who puts his fortune at his disposal, as well as a suit that adopts the figure of a bat to fight evil and trap villains in the city of Gotham. However, centuries before the creation of Bob Kane and Bill Finger, in Mayan mythology – about 100 BC – there was already a being half man, half bat and it was one of the divinities of this town, particularly between The Quiche tribe that inhabited what is now Honduras and Guatemala.

In Popol Vuh, an ancient Mayan mythological text that tells the story of the creation of the world and peoples, Zotzilaha was the name of a cave inhabited by Camazotz, a monster with a humanoid body, bat’s head and nose that resembled to a flint knife. It was believed that the monster attacked its victims in the neck to decapitate them. In Popol Vuh, it is recorded that this decapitated creature of the Mayan hero Hunahpu Camazotz is also one of the four animal demons responsible for the destruction of humanity during the era of the First Sun.

In Mayan culture, the bat god Camazotz is linked to death. This creature is said that inhabited a cave called “the house of bats” in Popol Vuh. Some investigators say Camazotz was inspired by a common vampire, but some others agree that it was based on a giant vampire that probably died out sometime during the Pleistocene or Holocene periods.

Demons and bat-like monsters are common in South and Central America. Another example is the Chonchon in Peru and Chile, which is believed to have been created when a sorcerer, known as kaku, performed a magical ritual by cutting off his head and creating giant ears and death claws. The giant ears then become wings.

Giant Vampire Bats…

In 1988, a vampire fossil was discovered in the province of Mongas in Venezuela. This bat was 25% larger than the modern vampire and it was called Desmodus Draculae. It is commonly known as the giant vampire bat. Archaeological sites containing samples of this were found in Yucatan, Belize, northern Brazil and Venezuela. In 2000, a tooth of D. Draculae was found in Argentina. It is difficult to establish an exact date when D. Draculae became extinct, or if it was completely extinct. All sites dated between the upper Pleistocene and the late Holocene, about 12,000 years ago, but the most recent age found for D. Draculae is around 1650 AD. These dates make it very possible that this species of vampires has coexisted with humans in South America and Central America.

The common vampire bat, D. Rotundus, has a wingspan of 20 cm, and since D. Draculae was 25% larger, it would have required more blood and probably would have attacked larger animals and possibly even humans. It is unquestionable that an attack of a rare giant bat would result in legends of supernatural monsters. Despite the tempting fossil evidence and the strange stories about encounters with giant bats, so far there is no indisputable evidence that D. Draculae was common enough to be found by former inhabitants of South and Central America.

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