It was in the darkness, in the night, when One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu were born to Xpiyacoc and Xmucane.
One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu :
“We are great thinkers, for great is our knowledge.
We are seers here upon the face of the earth.
We are good by our nature, and in our birth as well.
Flautist and singers, writers and sculptors, jade workers.
Playing dice and ball everyday as long as the Falcon comes !!”
Falcon was the messenger of Huracan, Youngest Thunderbolt, and Sudden Thunderbolt. The face of the earth was not far for him. Nor was Xibalba far for him. In an instant, he could return again to the sky with Huracan.
One Death and Seven Death :
“What is happening on the surface of the earth? They are just stomping about and shouting. May they be summoned here therefore. They shall come to play ball, and we shall defeat them. They have simply failed to honor us. They have neither honor nor respect. Certainly they act arrogantly here over our heads,”
The lords of the Underworld :
“I’m Flying Scab and Gathered Blood, my task is to sicken people in their blood.
We, the lords Pus Demon and Jaundice Demon. Our dominion is to swell people up until pus oozes from the skin of their legs, and the skin of their faces becomes yellow with jaundice.
Bone Staff and Skull Staff, we are the staff bearers of Xibalba. Our staffs are mere bones. Let’s skeletize people until they are truly bones and skulls. We killed people by having received only emaciated bones, bloated with starvation.
We, the Sweepings Demon and Stabbings Demon.Don’t abandon sweepings and trash in back or in front of your houses. Or you’ll be overtaken and stabbed by us until you fall face down upon the earth and die.
Our names are Lord Wing and Packstrap. Our dominion is the people who die on the road as a result of sudden death. Blood will come to your mouths, and you will die vomiting blood. When you people go out walking, we come upon you.
One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu, we are the Xibalbans, and we desire your gaming things : your leathers, your yokes, your arm protectors, your headdresses and your face masks.
Here is the beginning of your journey to Xibalba”.
Track Name: The Summoners
Lords of the underworld to their messengers :
“Go you war councilors to summon One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu.
Tell them when you arrive,
They must come, say the lords to you.
They must come here to play ball with us that we may be invigorated by them.
Truly we are amazed greatly at them.
Thus they must come.
May they bring hither their implements—their yokes, their arm protectors, and their rubber ball as well.
Tell them when you arrive there,” the messengers were told.
These messengers were the owls —Arrow Owl, One Leg Owl, Macaw Owl, and Skull Owl—for so the messengers of Xibalba were called.
The owls : “I’m like the arrow, piercing.
I have one leg, but I have wings.
I have a red back, but here are my wings.
I’m the Skull Owl, a skull with no legs
Our burden is to be the war councilors and we come from Xibalba”
One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu were playing ball at the court that was called Honor and Respect at Carchah when the owls came. The owls, therefore, alighted atop the ballcourt, where they delivered in order the words of One Death and Seven
The owls : ““We’re here to deliver in order the words of One death and Seven death. The Lords of the underworld want you to come down and play with them,
You must come.
You must come here to play ball with them that they may be invigorated by you.
You must come.
Take your implements—your yokes, your arm protectors, and your rubber ball as well.
You must come.”
Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu : “Are these not the words of the lords One Death and Seven Death?”
The owls : “Those are the words that they said
We shall surely be your companions.
You shall bring all the gaming things say the lords.”
Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu : “Very well. But wait for us while we leave instructions behind with our mother,”
Thus they went to their home to speak to their mother, for their father had died:
Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu : “We must surely go, our mother.
The messengers of the lord have just arrived to take us. ‘They must come,’ we were told. Thus the summoners have spoken. But this, our rubber ball, shall remain behind, they said. Then they went to tie it up above the house. We will surely return to use it again. Until then, merely play the flute and sing, write and carve.
We must go, but we will not die. Do not grieve”
Track Name: The Maiden and the Tree
THE MAIDEN AND THE TREE (Metnal 3)
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Narrator : The daughter of a lord,
hadddddddddddd heard of it.
Gathered Blood was the name of her father,
while the name of the maiden was Lady Blood.
When she heard the account of the fruit of the tree as told by her father, she was
amazed by the tale
Lady Blood : “Can I not come to know
it by seeing the dark tree
that I has I been I spoken of?
I hear that its fruit is truly deliciouuuuuuuuuuuus,”.
Narrator : Thus she went
the tree that was planted
at Crushing Ballcourt:
Lady Blood : “Ah! What is the fruit of this tree?
Is not the fruit borne by this tree delicious?
I would not die. I would not be lost.
Would it be heard if I were to pick one?”
The skull : “What is it that you desire of this?
It is merely a skull, a round thing
placed in the branches of trees,
no oh no, you do not desire it,”.
Lady Blood : “But I do desire it,”
The Skull : “Very well
then, stretch out hither
give your right hand
so that I may see it,”
Lady blood : “Very well, Skull Very well,”
Narrator : And so she stretched upward her right hand before the face of the skull. Then the
skull squeezed out some of its saliva, directed toward the hand of the maiden. When she
saw this, she immediately examined her hand. But the saliva from the skull was not in her
The Skull : “My saliva, my spittle, is merely a sign that I have given to you. This head of
mine no longer functions, for it is merely a skull that cannot work. The head of a truly
great lord has good flesh upon his face. But when he dies, the people become frightened
because of his bones. In like manner, his son is like his saliva, his spittle. He is his
essence. If his son becomes a lord, or a sage, or a master of speech, then nothing will
have been lost. He will go on, and once more become complete. The face of the lord will
not be extinguished nor will it be ruined. The warrior, the sage, the master of speech will
remain in the form of his daughters and his sons. Thus may it be so, as I have done to you. Climb, therefore, up there to the face of the earth. You will not die, for you have entered into a promise. Thus be it so”
Narrator : Thus the maiden returned again to her home, having been given many
instructions. Straightaway her children were created in her womb by the mere saliva.
Thus was the creation of Hunahpu and Xbalanque.
Now when the maiden had arrived at her home and six moons were completed,
she was noticed by her father, Gathered Blood by name.
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