In Maya mythology, Bacab is a generic Yucatec name used to refer to each of the four Maya gods assigned to uphold the sky.

The Bacabs are also refer to as Pauahtuns and Chacs.


The Bacabs were designated by color and cardinal direction: the Red Bacab, Kan, ruled the East; White, Mulac, the North; Black, Ix, the West; and Yellow, Cauac, the South. Alternate names used for the four are Hobnil, Cantzicnal, Saccimi, and Hosanek. They are represented as old men or jaguars.


Kan, Mulac, Ix and Cauac are brothers, the sons of Itzamna and Ixchel.

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