In Mexico it was believed that Tocotl a Spider God, who spins a huge hammock to hold the world up, assisted the creation of the world.

The Mayans believed that after death of the body the soul was destined to wander through the many dark passages of the underworld until they met a great river, which they could not cross on their own.

Each soul can only get to the other side of this river with the help of a spider person.

The spider people spin a web rafts and then one spider person and one soul journey across the underground river linked in a sort of spiritual bond so that each is totally dependant on the other until they reach safety on the other side.