Last Updated: Saturday, September 25, 1999This is the beginning of the Ancient Word, here is this place called Quiche. Here we shall inscribe, we shall implant the Ancient Word, the potential and source for everything done in the citadel of Quiche, in the nation of Quiche people.
s they are called, also named, also described as
as is said in the words of Quiche. They accounted for everything, and did it, too as enlightened beings, in enlightened words. We shall write about this now amide the preaching of God, in Christendom now. We shall bring it out because there is no longer a place to see it, a Council Book
Here is the Account:
Now it still ripples, now it still murmurs, ripples, it still sighs, still hums and it is empty under the sky.
Here follow the first words, the first eloquence:
There is no yet one person, one animal, bird, fish, crab, tree, rock, hollow canyon, meadow, forests. Only the sky alone is up there; the face of the earth is not clear. Only the sea alone is pooled under all the sky; there is nothing whatever gathered together. It is at rest, not a single thing stirs. It is held back, kept at rest under the sky.
Whatever there is that might be is simple not there: only the pooled water, only the calm sea, only it alone is pooled.
Whatever might be is simply not there: only murmurs, ripples, in the dark, in the night. Only the Maker, Modeler alone, Sovereign Plumed Serpent, the Bearers, Begetters are in the water, a glittering light. They are there, they are enclosed in quetzal feathers, in blue-green.
Thus the name "Plumed Serpent." They are great knowers, greater thinkers in their very being.
And of course there is the sky, and there is also the Heart of Sky. This is the name of the god, as it is spoken.
And then came his word, he came here to the Sovereign Plumed Serpent, and they talked, then they thought, then they worried. They agreed with each other, they joined their words, their thoughts. Then it was clear, then they reached accord in the light, and then humanity was clear, when they conceived the growth, the generation of trees of bushes and the growth of life, of humankind, in the blackness, in the early dawn, all because of the Heart of Sky, named Hurricane. Thunderbolt Hurricane comes first, the second is Newborn Thunderbolt, and the third is Raw Thunderbolt.
So there were three of them, as Heart of Sky, who came to the Sovereign Plumed Serpent, when the dawn of life was conceived:
"How should it be sown, how should it dawn? Who is to be the provider, nurturer?"
"Let it be this way, think about it: this water should be removed, emptied out for the formation of the earth's own plate and platform, then comes the sowing, the dawning of the sky-earth. But there will be no high days and no bright praise for our work, our design, until the rise of the human work, the human design," they said.
And then the earth arose because of them, it was simply their word that brought it forth. For the forming of the earth they said "Earth." It arose suddenly, just like a cloud, like a mist, now forming, unfolding. Then the mountains were separated from the water, all at once the great mountains came forth. By their genius alone, by their cutting edge alone they carried out the conception of the mountain-plain, whose face grew install groves of cypress and pine.
And the Plumed Serpent was pleased with this:
"It was good that you came, Heart of Sky, Hurricane, and Newborn Thunderbolt, Raw Thunderbolt. Our work, our design will turn out well, " they said.
And the earth was formed first, the mountain-plain. The channels of water were separated; their branches wound their ways among the mountains. The waters were divided when the great mountains appeared.
Such was the formation of the earth when it was brought forth by the Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth, as they are called, since they were the first to think of it. The sky was set apart, and the earth was set apart in the midst of the waters.
Such was their plane when they thought, when they worried about the completion of their work.
Now they planned the animals of the mountains, all the guardians of the forests, creatures of the mountains: the deer, birds, pumas, jaguars, serpents, rattlesnakes, yellowbites, guardians of the bushes.
A Bearer, Begetter speaks:
"Why this pointless humming? Why should there merely be rustling beneath the trees and bushes?"
"Indeed- they had better have guardians," the other replied. As soon as they thought it and said it, deer and birds came forth.
And then they gave out homes to the deer and birds:
"You, the deer: sleep along the rivers, in the canyons. Be here in the meadows, in the thickets, in the forests, multiply yourselves. You will stand and walk on all fours," they were told.
So then they established the nests of the birds, small and great:
"You, precious birds: your nests, your houses in the trees, in the bushes. Multiply three, scatter there, in the branches or trees, or the branches of bushes. " This the deer and birds were told.
When this deed had been done, all of them had received a place to sleep and a place to stay, so it is that the nests of the animals are on the earth, given by the Bearer, Begetter. Now the arrangement of the deer and birds was complete.
And then the deer and birds were told by the Maker, Modeler, Bearer, Begetter:
"Talk, speak out. Don't moan, don't cry out. Please talk, each to each, within each kind, within each groups." This they were told: the deer, birds, puma, jaguar, serpents.
"Name now our names, praise us. We are your mother, we are your father. Speak now:
Again there comes an experiment with the human work, the human design, by the Maker, Modeler, Bearer, Begetter:
"It must simply be tried again. The time for the planting and dawning is nearing. For this we must make a provider and nurturer. How else can we be involved and remembered on the face of the earth? We have already make our first try at our work and design, but it turned out that they didn't keep our days, nor did they glorify us.
"So now let's try to make a giver of praise, giver of respect, provider, nurturer," the said.
So then comes the building and working with earth and mud. They made a body, but it didn't look good to them. It was separating, crumbling, loosening, softening, disintegrating, and dissolving. Its head wouldn't turn, either. Its face was lopsided, its face was twisted. it couldn't look around. It talked at first, but senselessly. It was quickly dissolved in the water.
"It won't last" the mason and sculptor said then.
"It seems to be dwindling away, so let it just dwindle. It can't walk and it can't multiply, so let it be merely a thought." they said.
So then they dismantled, again they brought down their work and design. And they talked:
"What is there for us to make that would turn out well, that would succeed in keeping our days and praying to us?" they said. Then they planned again:
"We'll tell Xpiyacoc, Xmucane, Hunahpu Possum, Hunahpu Coyote to try a counting of days, a counting of lots,:" the mason and sculptor said to themselves. Then they invoked Xpiyacoc, Xmucane.
Then comes the naming of those who are the midmost seers: The Grandmother of Day, Grandmother of Light as the Maker, Modeler called them. These are name of Xpiyacoc and Xmucane.
When Hurricane had spoken with the Sovereign Plumed Serpent they involved the daykeepers, divers, the midmost seers.
"There is yet to indicate, yet to discovered how we are to model a person, construct a person again, a provider, nurturer, so that we are called upon and we are recognized: our recompense is in words:
Again there comes a humiliation, destruction, and demolition. The manikins, woodcarvings were killed when the Heart of Sky devised a flood for them. A great food was made, it came down on the heads of the manikins, woodcarvings.
A man's body was carved from the wood of the coral tree by the Maker, Modeler. And as for the woman, the Maker, Modeler needed the pith of reeds for the woman's body. They were not competent, nor did they speak before the builder and sculptor who made them and brought them forth, and so were killed, done in by a flood.
There came a rain of resin from the sky.
There came the one named Gouger of Faces: he gouged out their eyeballs.
There came Sudden Bloodletter: he snapped off their heads.
There came Crunching Jaguar: he ate their flesh.
There came Tearing Jaguar: he tore them open.
The were pounded down to the bones and tendons, smashed and pulverized even to the bones. Their faces were smashed because they were incompetent before their mother and their father., the Heart of Sky, named Hurricane. The earth was blackened because of this: the black rainstorm began, rain all day, and rain all night. Into their houses came the animals, small and big. Their faces were crushed by things of wood and stone. Everything spoke: their waters jars, their tortilla griddles, their plates, their cooking pots, their dogs, their grinding stone, each and everything crushed their faces. Their dogs and turkeys told them:
"You caused us pain, you ate us, but now it is you whom we shall eat.:" And this said the grinding stone" "We were undone because of you
This was when there was just a trace of early dawn on the face of the earth. There was no sun. There was one who magnified himself: Seven Macaw is his name. The sky-earth was already there, but the face of the sun-moon was clouded over. Even so, it is said that his light provided a sign for the people who were flooded. He was like a genius to them.
"I am great. My place is now higher than
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