Juego de pelota

Juego de pelota

Acrylic on canvas

Growing up in Nicaragua, I was told the story of the corn deity. The deity created a set of twins who played the juego de pelota to take control of the universe.

Neither one won and so one became the sun, the other the moon.

They created the animals to help them travel among the multiple layers of the universe.

Monkey and parrot control the sky and trees. Iguana and manta ray control the waters. The jaguar and dog are land animals. Each set controls the night and day.

Of course in this painting I gave it my own spin.