Finger Talisman - Band of the Bacab
This talisman’s function provides benefit to cleansing by restoring health on cleanse attempts. The lore behind this item is related to the Darkness War dungeon and more specifically to the Mayan invaders.
The Bacabs are four Yucatec Maya deities, who were placed at the four cardinal points (north, south, east, west) by the creator god Itzamna at the formation of the world, in order to prevent the heavens from falling.
Between them grew a huge ceiba tree, the cosmic tree, with roots deep in the underworld and its branches reaching towards the heavens to support it.
They are associated with the interior of the earth, the health of bees/honey production, curing rituals, water and are symbolically in opposition to the nocturnal sun.
Appropriate given the effect of the talisman on the bee-swallowers from Hollow Earth.
The names of the Bacab are Hobnil, Cantzicnal, Saccimi, and Hosanek.
Their mythology is also associated with cosmological upheaval and end times, with their escape and the destruction of the world by a great deluge (K’atun 11 Ahau). As such they have also been described as Atlantean gods.
“ …in one great sudden rush of water… Great Serpent (Canhel) was ravished from the Heavens… the sky fell down and the dry land sank, when the four gods (the four Bacabs) arose, who had brought about the annihilation of the world." - Mayan Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel.
According to some sources they have wrinkled faces with ears ornamented with circlets. Could these be the band talismans worn on the finger?
Additionally, a manuscript written in the Yucatec Maya language named ‘Ritual of the Bacabs’ contains forty-two main shamanistic incantations and supplementary fragments, some of which have never been translated.