Jaguar: Balam

There was once a beautiful jaguar who loved to care for its skin which was yellow and shining like the sun.

One day he went for a walk through the jungle and his friends, the monkeys wanted to play and launched him a mamey that stained his beautiful skin.

The  Jaguar very angry wanted to clean the stains from the fruit but he was unsuccessful. From that day the jaguar became spotted and these represent the stars, he became the animal that travels at night to the underworld and reborn in the morning.

He is currently endangered by deforestation and poaching.