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The Maiden and the Tree

from Ahi Cab by Idolos

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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
alone beneath
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.


from Ahi Cab, released January 28, 2020


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