|Credits: Popol-Vuh (2)|
The Popol-Vuh is a manuscript
in which the Creation
other Mayan Mythology stories
This episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai
is about the Creation according to the Popol Vuh.
|Credits: Popol-Vuh (1)|
There are four deities,
three in a celestial realm
collectively called Tepeu and Heart of Heaven
another on the terrestrial plane
gods attempted to create living beings
so that they may be praised
and venerated by their creation.
Their first attempts
(animals, mud man, and wooden man)
they lacked speech, souls, and intellect.
“This the Forefathers did,
Tepeu and Gucumatz, as they were called.
After that they began to talk about the creation
and the making of our first mother and father;
of yellow corn and of white corn
they made their flesh;
of cornmeal dough
they made the arms and the legs of man.
Only dough of corn meal
went into the flesh of our first fathers,
the four men, who were created. [...]
And as they had the appearance of men,
they were men;
they talked, conversed, saw
and heard, walked, grasped things;
they were good and handsome men,
and their figure was the figure of a man.”
Women were created later
while the first four men slept.