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PART I: Chapter 1




THIS IS THE ACCOUNT OF HOW ALL WAS in suspense, all calm, in silence; all 
motionless, still, and the expanse of the sky was empty.



This is the first account, the first narrative. There was neither man, nor animal, birds, fishes, 
crabs, trees, stones, caves, ravines, grasses, nor forests; there was only the sky.



The surface of the earth had not appeared. There was only the calm sea and the great expanse 
of the sky.



There was nothing brought together, nothing which could make a noise, nor anything which 
might move, or tremble, or could make noise in the sky.



There was nothing standing; only the calm water, the placid sea, alone and tranquil. Nothing 
existed.



There was only immobility and silence in the darkness, in the night. Only the creator, the 
Maker, Tepeu, Gucumatz, the Forefathers, were in the water surrounded with light. They were 

hidden under green and blue feathers, and were therefore called Gucumatz. By nature they 
were great sages and great thinkers. In this manner the sky existed and also the Heart of 

Heaven, which is the name of God and thus He is called.


Then came the word. Tepeu and Gucumatz came together in the darkness, in the night, and 

Tepeu and Gucumatz talked together. They talked then, discussing and deliberating; they 

agreed, they united their words and their thoughts.


Then while they meditated, it became clear to them that when dawn would break, man must 

appear. Then they planned the creation, and the growth of the trees and the thickets and the 
birth of life and the creation of man. Thus it was arranged in the darkness and in the night by 

the Heart of Heaven who is called Huraćn.


The first is called Caculh́ Huraćn. The second is Chipi-Caculh́. The third is Raxa-Caculh́. 

And these three are the Heart of Heaven.


Then Tepeu and Gucumatz came together; then they conferred about life and light, what they 

would do so that there would be light and dawn, who it would be who would provide food and 
sustenance.



Thus let it be done! Let the emptiness be filled! Let the water recede and make a void, let the 
earth appear and become solid; let it be done. Thus they spoke. Let there be light, let there be 

dawn in the sky and on the earth! There shall be neither glory nor grandeur in our creation and 

formation until the human being is made, man is formed. So they spoke.


Then the earth was created by them. So it was, in truth, that they created the earth. Earth! they 

said, and instantly it was made.


Like the mist, like a cloud, and like a cloud of dust was the creation, when the mountains 
appeared from the water; and instantly the mountains grew.










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