Maize god and
Maya mythology is part of
The oldest written Maya myths date from the 16th century and are found in historical sources from the
Yucatán is another important region; the Yucatec Books of
In the 19th and 20th centuries, anthropologists and local folklorists committed many stories to paper, usually in Spanish or English, and only rarely together with the Mayan language text. Even though most Maya tales are the results of an historical process in which Spanish narrative traditions interacted with native ones, some of the tales reach back well into pre-Spanish times. Important collections of myths have been published for the Chol, Kekchi, Lacandon, Tzotzil, Tzutujil, and Yucatec Maya, to mention only some of the more accessible ones. At the beginning of the 21st century, the transmission of traditional tales has entered its closing stage.