The longer i read, visit, teach, dream and study mythology; the more I see the similarities in time and place. A common theme is that of Duality: no light without dark; no day without night; and there is no such thing as good or bad, just unity. The ancient greeks had Apollo for the sun and Artemis for the moon and Gilgamesj had its counterpart in Enkidu.
This unity and the power it implies, did the ancient Maya’s find in the jaguar, the amimal that was supposed to be holy because it is living, walking duality: the yellow stands for the day; just as the black stands for the night. And since all is one; the maya warriors identified; even said they could transform into this animal, that can see even in the darkest of nights.