I came across an interesting link between slavic people and the mayans based on comparative mythology.
Ancient Slavs viewed their world as a huge tree, with the treetop and branches representing the heavenly abode of gods and the world of mortals, while the roots represented the underworld. And while Perun (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perun), seen as a hawk or eagle sitting on a tallest branch of tree, was believed to be ruler of heaven and living world, Veles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veles_%28god%29), seen as a huge serpent or dragon coiling around the roots, was ruling the world of dead.
Now please look at picture: Izapa Stele 25
Izapa is a very large pre-Columbian MAYAN archaeological site located in the Mexican state of Chiapa.
Here the symbology of the bird, tree and monster at the bottom is evident. Yet the current explanation on Wikipedia is:
Izapa Stela 25 possibly contains a scene from the Popol Vuh. The image depicted on Stela 25 is most likely the Maya Hero Twins shooting a perched Principle Bird Deity with a blowgun. This scene is also shown on the Maya pot called the “Blowgunner Pot”. It is also suggested that Stela 25 could be seen as a map of the night sky, which was used to tell the story of the Hero Twins shooting the bird deity.
I disagree here. I know for a fact that the bird on the first perch is Kab’awil. The two faced bird. A symbol for Venus. The morning and evening star. (like the double headed eagle seen in heraldry)
The creator god Itzamna (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itzamna) in bird from. In numerous codex seen depicted also as an alligator. He is the prime creator god. The bird and the cayman are earth and sky in 1. Depicted as a toothless old man (like the christian god is depicted as an old man)
In the Mayan
language, Itzamná means caiman, lizard, or large fish. The “Itz” part of his name means a number of things, among them “dew” or “stuff of the clouds” in Quechua; “divination or witchcraft” in Colonial Yucatec; and “foretell or contemplate”, in the Nahuatl version of the word.
As the supreme being he has several names, Kukulcan (underwater serpent or feathered snake) or Itzam Cab Ain, the “Itzam Earth Caiman”, but archaeologists refer to him prosaically as God D. The bird (sky) is part of the same earth/sky duality.
SOURCE NOTE: As The tree extents into the sky and earth, the bird is another aspect of Itzamna. So together it makes the bird and the caiman, or feathered serpent. quetzalcoatl (source: The major gods of ancient yucatan
A lot of symbology here shows clear similarities between seemingly different cultures. The slavic seen them as seperate entities but in the end they where part of 1 like ying and yang.