Maize had a central place in many aspects of Mesoamerican life that had nothing to do with the actual plant. Mesoamerican people relied on maize to fulfill both their physical and religious needs. For example, the Maize God is a central figure in Maya mythology, as a figure of rebirth. The Maize God’s importance is evident on the sarcophagus lid of King Pakal of Palenque. depicting the king as the Maize God at the moment of his death.