Great Plaza

Copan: Entrance to the Site [January 9, 2004]

A colony of gorgeous macaws lives at the entrance of the site, a reminder of the importance of the macaw in the imagry of ancient Copán. The name of the founder of the Copán dynasty, Yax Kuk Mo', translates as Green Quetzal Macaw.

The macaw also has mythological significance in the Maya creation story. Vucub Caquix ["Seven Macaw"] pretended to be the sun during the early history of creation in the Pupol Vuh, and is known as the Principal Bird Deity or the Celestial Bird by modern students of Maya iconography.