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The iconography harkens to a seminal event in which the young Maize God in the guise of Hun Hunahpu, the father of the Hero Twins, dances during the process of creation while supporting a weighty backrack which serves as the model of the Mayan cosmos with the Earth Monster and Skyband as prominent elements.
Many Maya rituals imitated the actions of the natural world. When the ruler of a Maya city donned the attire of the Maize God the ruler became one with the god, thus he was giver of life and renewal.