All credit for this discovery goes to my friend Sheesh4. She originally posted this on her blog, Animal Jam Insiders.
When Animal Jam was created in 2010, it was full of mythology that was sadly forgotten as time went on. One of the most important people in Jamaa was Zios - the "Sky Father" - who created Jamaa and everything in it. Jamaa's story isn't completely original, though, and there are many cases where AJHQ found inspiration from real-world history.
One of these cases is with Zios' mask. We all see it around Jamaa, but has anyone ever wondered why it looks the way it does?
Well, it turns out, Zios was inspired by Incan mythology. The Incas were an ancient empire that lived in the Andes mountains in South America. They worshiped many gods and godesses, the most important being the creator-god, Viracocha. He was called the god of the sun, and wore a sun shaped crown.
Looks just like Zios, doesn't it? It's interesting how Jamaa's culture was inspired by real world civilizations. Unfortunately, this is also why Zios is never mentioned anymore. As time went on, AJHQ realized they wanted Animal Jam to be for all religions, and having gods and goddesses as a part of the game would only shrink their audience.
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