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The myths of Mexico and Peru (1913) (14761130136)


The myths of Mexico and Peru (1913) (14761130136)



Identifier: mythsofmexicoper01spen (find matches)
Title: The myths of Mexico and Peru
Year: 1913 (1910s)
Authors: Spence, Lewis, 1874-1955
Subjects: Indians of Mexico Indian mythology Indians of Mexico Indians of South America Indian mythology Indians of South America
Publisher: New York, T. Y. Crowell company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress

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dventure, and shewas doomed to be slain, the royal messengers ofXibalba, the owls, receiving commands to despatch herand to bring back her heart in a vase. But on the wayshe overcame the scruples of the owls by splendidpromises, and they substituted for her heart thecoagulated sap of the bloodwort plant. The Birth of Hun-Apu and Xbalanque Xmucane, left at home, looked after the welfare ofthe young Hunbatz and Hunchouen, and thither, atthe instigation of the head of Hunhun-Apu, wentXquiq for protection. At first Xmucane would notcredit her story, but upon Xquiq appealing to thegods a miracle was performed on her behalf, and shewas permitted to gather a basket of maize where nomaize grew to prove the authenticity of her claim. Asa princess of the Underworld, it is not surprising thatshe should be connected with such a phenomenon, asit is from deities of that region that we usually expectthe phenomena of growth to proceed. Shortly after-wards, when she had won the good graces of the aged
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The Princess who made Friends of the OwlsGilbert James THE MAGIC TOOLS Xmucane, her twin sons were born, the Hun-Apu andXbalanque whom we have already met as the centralfigures of the first book. The Divine Children But the divine children were both noisy and mis-chievous. They tormented their venerable grand-mother with their shrill uproar and tricky behaviour.At last Xmucane, unable to put up with their habits,turned them out of doors. They took to an outdoorlife with surprising ease, and soon became expert huntersand skilful in the use of the serbatana (blow-pipe), withwhich they shot birds and small animals. They werebadly treated by their half-brothers Hunbatz andHunchouen, who, jealous of their fame as hunters,annoyed them in every possible manner. But thedivine children retaliated by turning their tormentorsinto hideous apes. The sudden change in the appear-ance of her grandsons caused Xmucane the mostprofound grief and dismay, and she begged that theywho had brightened her hom

The Myths of Mexico and Peru is a compilation of myths and legends that were passed down for years in South American cultures, and, at the time of the first printing in 1914, were just being discovered by Western researchers and archaeologists as they deciphered ancient languages.





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