3 years ago
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Mexican artist Kimbal reimagines Batman as a Mayan bat god
For the 75th anniversary of Batman, thirty artists from around the world were given a plain white bust of Batman to create some magic on. Perhaps the most magical was Kimbal's Mayan folk style Batman, which reimagined him as the Mayan bat god, Camazotz, who is usually associated with death, night, and sacrifice. According to the Popol Vuh, a sacred book of the Mayan people, Camazotz fell upon mythological heroes Hunahpu and Xbalanque while they were stuck together in the underworld Xibalba. A confrontation between the two and the bat god resulted in Camazotz beheading Hunahpu and flying off with his head for later use as a ball in the gods' next ballgame. (Not exactly sure if that's what Batman would do. But I digress.) In Photo 3, you will see many examples of Camazotz's representation in the Mayans' visual history. It's interesting to see how he was able to incorporate the 'spiral hook' pattern found in a majority of Mayan works, especially ones involving deities. Last but not least, check out Batman's bat fangs. (Perfect to carry your head off with when the rest of the gods are itching for a round of dodgeball, I'm sure.)
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This is so great haha and @Nisfit, I was thinking the same thing!
3 years ago·Reply
YES HELLO I AM HERE!!! this is incredible, sooooo freaking cool can you imagine like ancient Batman?!?! that would be so cool!!! @SioneLevatau check this out!!! thanks @pixiedust!
3 years ago·Reply
@AgentCory I'm glad you like it! I thought it was a really cool blend of Pre-Columbian history and comic book history! And hahaha @nisfit @caricakes I guess you could say SOME people worship Batman...
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@Nisfit @caricakes @danidee Had a boyfriend that DID worship Batman, so they wouldn't be totally wrong!
3 years ago·Reply
This is so EPIC. Wow.
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