Updated: Oct 31, 2018
The Mayan spiritual meaning behind the fascinating and smallest living bird on earth.
The Colibri, or Hummingbird, is one of the most delightful birds for the Mayan culture. It is beautiful and well known in the world for their small size and iridescent feathers. They have an extraordinary ability to fly right, left, up, down, backwards and even upside down - a unique quality that few birds have. About 320 different species of these precious birds travel as beautiful stories on the gusts of the wind. A Colibri will visit an average of 1,000 flowers per day for nectar.
“Hummingbirds are incredibly intelligent. They have the largest brains in relation to their body size of any birds on the planet.” Simon Worrall
The hummingbird tale is a Mayan legend. The Mayan leaders believe that the gods created all living things on Earth, and when they created them, each creation was assigned a job. Every single animal, tree, and stone had its purpose. However, when they finished their creations, they noticed that nothing was assigned the most important job of all: carrying their thoughts and desires from one place to another. With no corn or mud left to create another species, the gods agreed to carve a jade stone into a small arrow. When they finished carving, a mystical breath was cast on the jade arrow; which sprang to life instantly and flew away into the wind. No longer a simple arrow, the gods named it X ts’unu’um – Colibri.
The hummingbird, so fragile and charming, could approach the most gentle flowers without moving a petal. They admired how the bird’s feathers glowed in the sun light like drop of rain reflecting all of the colors of the universe. They noticed the hummingbird would always seek the sweetest nectar, reminding the gods to seek the good and bask in the beauty of life.
“By observing the hummingbird, we see they are seemingly tireless. Always actively seeking the sweetest nectar, they remind us to forever seek out the good in life.” AVIA
According to the Mayan culture, the Colibri carries well wishes, good thoughts, love and joy upon their wings. If someone sends you well wishes, the hummingbird will carry and fly like an arrow to deliver these blessings to you.