Other Religions Atheism and Agnosticism Ah Mucen Cab in the Mayan Religion Share Flipboard Email Print Jesse Kraft / EyeEm / Getty Images Other Religions Belief Systems Atheism and Agnosticism Logic Ethics Key Figures in Atheism Evolution Atheism Myths and Misconceptions By Austin Cline Atheism Expert M.A., Princeton University B.A., University of Pennsylvania Austin Cline, a former regional director for the Council for Secular Humanism, writes and lectures extensively about atheism and agnosticism. our editorial process Austin Cline Updated May 10, 2018 Name and Etymology Ah Mucen CabAh MuzencabAh Muzen Cab Religion and Culture of Ah Mucen Cab Maya, Mesoamerica Symbols, Iconography, and Art of Ah Mucen Cab Ah Mucen Cab generally appears in Mayan art with the wings of a bee, usually outstretched either in the process of landing or taking off. He is related to Colel Cab, a Mayan earth goddess who was also responsible for bees and honey. Some argue that Ah Mucen Cab is also the "Descending God" because he is so consistently portrayed in an upside-down position and because the Descending God's temple is located in Tulum, the center of worship for Ah Mucen Cab. Ah Mucen Cab is God of BeesHoneyBeekeepingCreation Equivalents in Other Cultures Aristaeus: Ancient Greek god of beesBhramari: Hindu goddess of beesMellona: Roman goddess of bees Story and Origin of Ah Mucen Cab Honey was an important part of the diet in most Mesoamerican cultures, as well as a vital trade product, so Ah Mucen Cab was an important deity in the Mayan pantheon. The Mayan word for "honey" was also the same as the word for "world," so the honey god Ah Mucen Cab was also involved with the creation of the world. Worship, Rituals and Temples of Ah Mucen Cab Images of what archaeologists believe is Ah Mucen Cab appear throughout the ruins of Tulum. Here Ah Mucen Cab appears as a "descending" god, with outstretched wings as he comes in for a landing. Archaeologists believe that Ah Mucen Cab was the patron of Tulum and that the region produced a lot of honey. Some kinds of honey are toxic and produce psychoactive effects. It's possible that consumption of such honey was integrated into the worship of Ah Mucen Cab.