Hurricane word came from Maya God Jun Raqan

The Maya god of wind and storms was called Jun Raqan, pronounced “Hurricane”, hence the word Hurricane.

Huracan in Mayan understandable as Jun Raqan “one legged”, is a K’iche’ Maya god of wind, storm, fire and one of the creator deities who participated in all three attempts at creating humanity. He also caused the Great Flood after the second generation of humans angered the gods. He supposedly lived in the windy mists above the floodwaters and repeatedly invoked “earth” until land came up from the seas.


His name, understood as ‘One-Leg’, suggests god K of Postclassic and Classic Maya iconography, a deity of lightning with one human leg, and one leg shaped like a serpent. God K is commonly referred to as Bolon Tzacab and K’awiil or Kauil. The name may ultimately derive from huracan, a Carib word, and the source of the words hurricane and orcan (European windstorm).

Related deities are Tohil, Bolon Tzacab, Cocijo in Zapotec mythology, and Tlaloc in Aztec mythology.

Huracan is referred to in Grace Nichols’ poem Hurricane Hits England where she makes references to the Caribbean gods.