The Nine Lords of Xibalba

Part II Chapter 1 of the Popol Vuh

All of them held a council. Those called Hun-Camé and Vucub-Camé were the supreme judges. All the lords had been assigned their duties. Each one was given his own authority by Hun-Camé and Vucub-Camé.

They were, then, Xiquiripat and Cuchumaquic lords of these names. They were the two who caused the shedding of blood of the men.

Others were called Ahalpuh and Ahalganá, also lords. And their work was to make men swell and make pus gush forth from their legs and stain their faces yellow, what is called Chuganal. Such was the work of Ahalpuh and Ahalganá.

Others were Lord Chamiabac and Lord Chamiaholom, constables of Xibalba whose staffs were of bone. Their work was to make men waste away until they were nothing but skin and bone and they died, and they carried them With their stomach and bones stretched out. This was the work of Chamiabac and Chamiaholom, as they were called.

Others were called Lord Ahalmez and Lord Ahaltocob; their work was to bring disaster upon men, as they were going home, or in front of it, and they would be found wounded, stretched out, face up, on the ground, dead. This was the work of Ahalmez and Ahaltocob, as they were called.

Immediately after them were other lords named Xic and Patán whose work it was to cause men to die on the road, which is called sudden death, making blood to rush to their mouths until they died vomiting blood. The work of each one of these lords was to seize upon them, squeeze their throats and chests, so that the men died on the road, making the blood rush to their throats when they were walking. This was the work of Xic and Patán.

4 Responses to The Nine Lords of Xibalba

  1. Charlie Nanekan says:

    This does not make any sense at all……….

  2. TheAbysmal says:

    it’s taken out of the context of the narrative in which it finds itself – if it doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry about it, it’s probably not your cup of tea, metaphorically

  3. Dan says:

    the story starts as hun-came and vucub-came are preparing for the hero twins to come to Xibalba to play the ball game. Each lord is given his position (on the field) and are reputable players due to the manner in how they play. The game is also metaphorical for warfare, and the surrounding power structures.

  4. Marsram says:

    The hero twins battle against the dark Lords, who cheat. They are the Lords reponsible for people’s horrible deaths without question, until the twins take their power. THe twins are like two Christ figures, instead of one. They win against the Lords by their patience, preserverence and perfect play. The ballgame is a galactic stage/metaphor. They take the keys to death from the Xibalbans, who are defeated because their inadequacy. Because they only loved illusion and not the truth. Because they gained their power through people’s fear, and by lies. This story is very similar to what Lucas did in Star Wars. In one battle, one of the hero twins gets his right arm cut off. Seven Macaw (like Drath Vader) is made of part metal. He works on hate and anger. He falls apart at the end. Ben in Mayan means, ‘he who walks in the sky’, as in OB1.

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