Mayan Afterlife Beliefs

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In this section, Coe describes the Mayan beliefs of spiritual beings, and what happens during the time in the afterlife(218). The underworld also called Xibalba translated to “place of fright” which is a place that is multi-layered with nine levels. This corresponds to the afterlife gods “ Lords of the Night” (218). Xivabva is where many Maya souls are believed to go after death, and the holiest and purest souls travel past this area to ascend to the sun and moon (similar to our the belief of heaven). Therefore during death, a person 's spirit will travel to this area, and perhaps travel beyond, little information is provided on this process. This afterlife practice and process is outlined within the Popol Vuh which describes the many gods
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