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Invitation to World Literature

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Glossary

Blood Gatherer
Her twin sons will carry on their fathers' adventures.
Blood Moon
The wife of One Hunahpú and Seven Hunahpú, whose father is a lord of the underworld.
audio-iconCamazotz
A bat-god who guides the hero twins Hunahpú and Xbalanqué while they are in Xibalbá, the underworld.
audio-iconGucumatz
The Feathered Serpent Lord who raises the Quiché above the other tribes, establishes human ritual, and oversees the founding of the first cities.
Heart of Sky
Also named Hurricane, this original god creates smoke, flame, clouds, and lightning.
audio-iconHunahpú and Xbalanqué
Twin sons of Blood Moon by the first twins, One Hunahpú and Seven Hunahpú, the "hero twins" who are central to the story.
Maker, Modeler, Bearer, Begetter
Original creation gods who carry out the will of Sovereign Plumed Serpent and Heart of Sky.
audio-iconOne Hunahpú and Seven Hunahpú
The twins of Xpiyacoc and Xmucane, who have the first adventures on Earth.
audio-iconThe Quiché
Residents of the kingdom of Quiché, these people rise to prominence soon after the final creation of humans.
Sovereign Plumed Serpent
The great creator of the universe.
audio-iconVucub-Caquix, Zipacná, and Cabracán
Vucub-Caquix is the father of Zipacná and Cabracán; all three must be vanquished by Hunahpú and Xbalanqué.
audio-iconXibalba
The Underworld, where the two sets of hero twins must go to prove themselves by outsmarting the lords of the underworld.
audio-iconXpiyacoc and Xmucane
The oldest of the gods, who have twin hero sons in the time before humans.