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The Ceiba World Tree (SAY-bah) 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.
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.
Ixtab gives Zane paper from the world tree to write his story on.
- 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.
- The Fire Keeper, Glossary