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Meanwhile, Cabraćn was busy shaking the mountains. At the gentlest tap of his feet on the 

earth, the large and small mountains opened. Thus the boys found him and asked Cabraćn:

"Where are you going, young man?

"Nowhere," he answered," here I am moving the mountains, and I am leveling them to the 

ground forever," he answered.

Then Cabraćn asked Hunahṕ and Xbalanqú, "What did you come to do here? I do not 

recognize you. What are your names?" said Cabraćn.

"We have no names," they answered, "we are nothing more than shooters of blowguns and 

hunters with bird-traps on the mountains. We are poor and we have nothing, young man. We 
only walk over the large and small mountains, young man, and we have just seen a large 

mountain, over there where you see the pink sky. It really rises up very high and overlooks the 

tops of all the hills. So it is that we have not been able to catch even one or two of the birds on 
it, boy. But, is it true that you can level all the mountains?" Hunahṕ and Xbalanqú asked 


"Have you really seen the mountain of which you speak? Where is it? If I see it, I shall 

demolish it. Where did you see it?"

"Over there it is, where the sun rises," said Hunahṕ and Xbalanqú. 

"Very well, show me the road," he said to the two boys.

"Oh no!" they answered. "We must take you between us. One shall go at your left and the 
other at your right, because we have our blowguns, and if there should be birds we can shoot 

them." And so they set out happily, trying out their blowguns. But when they shot with them, 

they did not use the clay pellets in the tube of the blowgun; instead they felled the birds only 
with the puff of air when they shot them, which surprised Cabraćn very much.

Then the boys built a fire and put the birds on it to roast, but they rubbed one of the birds with 
chalk, covering it with a white earth soil.

"We shall give him this," they said, "to whet his appetite with the odor which it gives off. This 

bird of ours shall be his ruin, as we cover this bird with earth so we shall bring him down to 

the earth and bury him in the earth.

"Great shall be the wisdom of a created being, of a being fashioned, when it dawns, when 

there is light," said the boys.

"As it is natural for man to wish to eat, so Cabraćn desires food," said Hunahṕ and 

Xbalanqú to each other.

Meanwhile the birds were roasting, they were beginning to turn golden brown, and the fat and 

juice which dripped from them made an appetizing odor. Cabraćn wanted very much to eat 
them; they made his mouth water, he yawned, and the saliva and spittle drooled because of 

the smell which the birds gave off.

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