December 15 2011

Humming Birds



The Maya Indians believe that the Great God has leftover pieces after making all of the other birds. The Great God did not want to waste any pieces, so he used the leftovers to create a hummingbird. The Great God wanted to make sure the hummingbird could fly well, being so small. So the Great God gave the hummingbird the gift of extraordinary flight with the ability to fly forward, backwards, hover, and even upside-down. As the hummingbird flew up above the Great God, the wings made a humming sound of dzu-nu-ume, dzu-nu-ume. Because of this the Mayas called the hummingbird Dzunuume or The Hummer. The Great God liked this little bird so much; he made another as a mate for the first. The Great God told to couple that this was their wedding day. All of the other animals in the forest came for the first ever wedding. All the birds sang. The spiders made a path of spider-webs and told the female to use them for her nest later. Everything was beautiful, except for the hummingbirds. All the hummingbirds had where plain grey feather and looked quite ugly. All of the other birds offered some of their beautiful feathers to decorate the first bride and groom. The Sun soon after came out and pronounced them married. The Sun also promised that forever more, the hummingbird’s feathers would gleam with magic as long as the hummingbird looked toward the sun. The Mayas also believed when the Sun wishes to court the moon, he will disguise himself as a hummingbird.

I stole this right from this web page on Humming Birds

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3 Responses to “Humming Birds”

  1. Pootie says:

    Wonderful folklore.
    Your eye for capturing these lovely babies on camera is
    too great to stop taking shots of them. Keep on taking
    pics of whatever is different and obscure (such as the
    ‘regal purple’ hummer and “Mother Nature’s ravaging
    roadrunner’). Superb!

  2. Databrokers says:

    Thanks Pootie, I will continue to do what I do. I’ve broken the rules on taking most of my photos to begin with. My window on the world, is what I see out of it.

  3. Z from Chicago says:

    That’s a great story. Perfectly befitting a great little bird. Thanks for the photos.

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