Mimi Jean Pamfiloff on Mayan Gods — And Why You Want to Read About Them

Sure, we’ve all read great romances starring the Greek and Roman gods, but what about the Mayans? Paranormal author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff has long been fascinated with the Mayans, who appear in her latest Vampires Need Not … Apply? And today she’s here today to tell us about that time she saw one (yes, really) and some reasons why you want to read a romance starring them.

Take it away, Mimi!

When I was an exchange student in Mexico City during college, my roommate and I took a backpacking trip through the Yucatan. We’d decided to stop over in Tulum (down the coast from Cancun) and didn’t have a lot of money to spend. Also, back then, there were no hotels, just varying degrees of rustic. So we went with the hut and hammock option on the beach. Our little hut had a sand floor, walls made of sticks and a giant palm tree right outside the door. It was Gilligan-tastic! Except that the communal bathrooms were way on the other side of the property and not so easy to find in the middle of the night. Needless to say, on the first night, I got turned around. I ended walking down to the water, thinking I could reorient myself. But when I got there, the crescent moon shimmering over the tropical waves, I saw a man — a really, really big, gorgeous man — emerge from the water. I couldn’t make out every detail, but there was enough light to see his long wet hair, wide shoulders and well-built frame. Oh, he was also nude. I can’t say whether it was the moonlight or the something else, but I could’ve sworn he sort of … glowed. I was mesmerized. Then I blinked, and he was gone. Just … gone.

To this day, I still don’t know if I dreamed him up, or if he slipped back into the water, but another part of me wonders if he was something else. A god from an ancient world, taking a nocturnal dip in the tepid, tropic water. (Let’s go with that story. Way more interesting!)

Years later, I would decide to write about that deity.

Here are the top reasons why:

(WARNING: this is the point where anyone who gives a crapadoodle about real history or mythology should run away.)

1. The male gods are about seven feet tall and have god-like proportions. (Wink!)

2. Cimil, the Goddess of the Underworld, owns a unicorn. (Nothing cooler than that!)

3. The gods have the ability to swap powers. It doesn’t happen very often, however, because no one wants to draw the short straw and end up being the God of Intoxication or the Goddess of Suicide.

4. The gods are completely dedicated to safeguarding humanity and keeping us from destroying ourselves.

5. Like any family, the gods have their problems, but at the end of the day, truly care for each other.

- Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

If you’re suddenly in the mood to read about Mayan gods, Vampires Need Not … Apply? is available online and in stores now. And for more supernatural creatures to ogle, be sure to visit our Everything Paranormal page.