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But they could not make them speak like men; they only hissed and screamed and cackled; 

they were unable to make words, and each screamed in a different way.

When the Creator and the Maker saw that it was impossible for them to talk to each other, 
they said: "It is impossible for them to say our names, the names of us, their Creators and 

Makers. This is not well," said the Forefathers to each other.

Then they said to them: "Because it has not been possible for you to talk, you shall be 

changed. We have changed our minds: Your food, your pasture, your homes. and your nests 

you shall have; they shall be the ravines and the woods, because it has not been possible for 
you to adore us or invoke us. There shall be those who adore us, we shall make other [beings] 

who shall be obedient. Accept your destiny: your flesh shall be tom to pieces. So shall it be. 

This shall be your lot." So they said, when they made known their will to the large and small 
animals which are on the face of the earth.

They wished to give them another trial; they, wished to make another attempt; they wished to 
make [all living things] adore them.

But they could not understand each other's speech; they could succeed in nothing, and could 

do nothing. For this reason they were sacrificed and the animals which were on earth were 

condemned to be killed and eaten.

For this reason another attempt had to be made to create and make men by the Creator, the 

Maker, and the Forefathers.

"Let us try again! Already dawn draws near: Let us make him who shall nourish and sustain 

us! What shall we do to be invoked, in order to be remembered on earth? We have already 
tried with our first creations, our first creatures; but we could not make them praise and 

venerate us. So, then, let us try to make obedient, respectful beings who will nourish and 

sustain us." Thus they spoke.

Then was the creation and the formation. Of earth, of mud, they made [man's] flesh. But they 
saw that it was not good. It melted away, it was soft, did not move, had no strength, it fell 

down, it was limp, it could not move its head, its face fell to one side, its sight was blurred, it 

could not look behind. At first it spoke, but had no mind. Quickly it soaked in the water and 
could not stand.

And the Creator and the Maker said: "Let us try again because our creatures will not be able 
to walk nor multiply. Let us consider this," they said.

Then they broke up and destroyed their work and their creation. And they said: "What shall 
we do to perfect it, in order that our worshipers, our invokers, will be successful?"

Thus they spoke when they conferred again: "Let us say again to Xpiyacoc, Xmucań, 
Hunahṕ-Vuch, Hunahṕ-Utí: 'Cast your lot again. Try to create again.'" In this manner the 

Creator and the Maker spoke to Xpiyacoc and Xmucań.

Then they spoke to those soothsayers, the Grandmother of the day, the Grandmother of the 

Dawn, as they were called by the Creator and the Maker, and whose names were Xpiyacoc 
and Xmucań.

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