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The following article/section is from the Storm Runner/Throne of Sand continuity under Rick Riordan Presents and not the Riordanverse canon.

The Ceiba World Tree (SAY-bah)[1] is a tree in various Mesoamerican mythologies such as the Maya, Mexica, and Olmec. It is covered in blue and green lights that each represent a god, going out if one dies.

History

In the Mesoamerican context, world trees embodied the four cardinal directions, which also serve to represent the fourfold nature of a central world tree, a symbolic axis mundi which connects the planes of the Underworld and the sky with that of the terrestrial realm.[2]

Itzam-yée’, the god-bird version of Itzamna, sits on top the World Tree and can see all three planes: the underworld, earth, and paradise.

Storm Runner Trilogy

The Storm Runner

Ixtab gives Zane paper from the world tree to write his story on.

The Shadow Crosser

Hurakan shows Zane Obispo the tree when he arrives at the Shaman Institute of Higher-Order Magic.

Trivia

  • Depending on the Mayan language, the tree can also be known as wacah chan or yax imix che.
  • As well as a bird on top, the World Tree is usually depicted with its root extending into earth or water. Sometimes it is atop a "water-monster", symbolic of the underworld.
  • Its Norse equivalent is Yggdrasil.

References

Locations (RRP)
Cities and Towns: Albuquerque | Atlanta | Beverly Hills | Cabo San Lucas | Chicago | Los Angeles | Loves Park | Merdel | Miami | New York City | San Diego | San Miguel de Allende | Santa Monica | Silver Springs | Yuma
Administrative Divisions: Alabama | Arizona | Baja California Sur | California | Chiapas | Chihuahua | Colorado | Connecticut | Florida | Georgia | Guanajuato | Illinois | Kentucky | Maryland | Mississippi | Montana | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | Quintana Roo | Wisconsin
Landmarks and other Buildings: Alvarado Transportation Center | Beverly Hills Hotel | Georgia Aquarium | Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture
Countries: France | Mexico | United States of America
Continents: Europe | North America
Pandava Quintet: Amaravati | Court of the Sky | Department of Many Voices | Kingdom of Death | Lanka | Little India | Naga Realm | Night Bazaar | Ocean of Milk | Otherworld
Storm Runner Trilogy/Throne of Sand Duology: Aztlán | Baja California Peninsula | The Beast | Caribbean Sea | Cave of the Crystals | Ceiba World Tree | The Empty | Hell's Kitchen | Holy Ghost | Isla Holbox | Jazz's Surf Shop | Mexica Empire | Old World | Pacific Ocean | Palenque National Park | Sea of Cortez | Shaman Institute of Higher-Order Magic | Tomb of the Red Queen | Venice Beach | Xib'alb'a
Dragon Pearl: Black Locust Station | Fourth Colony | Ghost Sector | Hongok | Hongok Spaceport | Jinju | Kim Dome | Outer Rim | Pale Lightning | Red Azalea | Thousand Worlds
Sal & Gabi Duology: Calamity Island | Coral Castle | Culeco Academy of the Arts | Little Havana | Multiverse | Reál House | Unnamed Miami Hospital | Vidón University
Tristan Strong Trilogy: Alke | Anansi's Palace | Burning Sea | Drowned Forest | Golden Crescent | Grasslands | Isihlangu | Lady Night's Juke Joint | MidPass | Mississippi River | Nyame's Palace | Ridge | Strong Apartment | Strong family farm | Thicket
Race to the Sun: Begay House | Chuska Mountains | Canyon de Chelly | Dibé Nitsaa | Glittering World | House of the Sun | Intertribal Community Charter School | Navajo Nation | Sisnaajiní | Shiprock | Spider Rock
Paola Santiago series: Camp of the Niños de la Luz | Gila River | Pizza Pete's | The Rift | Riverside Palace Apartments | Silver Springs Police Department
City of the Plague God: Brooklyn | Central Park | Georiou's | Gilgamesh's Glass Ziggurat | Hudson Square | Kurnugi | Manhattan | Manhattan General Hospital | Mo's | Nineveh | Rock of Nisir | Queens | Sea of Tiamat | Washington Square Park
The Gifted Clans series: Byun Mansion | The Campus | Griffin Observatory | Noh Dojang | Oh House | Pacific Ocean Seoulful Tacos | Temple of the Gifted Community Los Angeles | Traditional Korean Medicine Clinic
Pahua and the Soul Stealer: Merdel Elementary | Moua Apartment
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