Immediately the wooden figures were annihilated, destroyed, broken up, and
A flood was brought about by the Heart of Heaven; a great flood was formed
which fell on the heads of the wooden creatures.
Of tzit the flesh of man was made, but when woman was fashioned by the Creator
and the Maker, her flesh was made of rushes. These were the materials the Creator
and the Maker wanted to use in making them.
But those that they had made, that they had created, did not think, did not
speak with their Creator, their Maker. And for this reason they were killed, they
were deluged. A heavy resin fell from the sky. The one called Xecotcovach came
and gouged out their eyes; Camalotz came and cut off their heads; Cotzbalam came
and devoured their flesh. Tucumbalam came, too, and broke and mangled their bones
and their nerves, and ground and crumbled their bones.
This was to punish them because they had not thought of their mother, nor their
father, the Heart of Heaven, called Hurac. And for this reason the face of the
earth was darkened and a black rain began to fall, by day and by night.
Then came the small animals and the large animals, and sticks and stones struck
their faces. And all began to speak: their earthen jars, their griddles, their
plates, their pots, their grinding stones, all rose up and struck their faces.
"You have done us much harm; you ate us, and now we shall kill you," said their
dogs and birds of the barnyard.
And the grinding stones said: "We were tormented by you; every day, every day,
at night, at dawn, all the time our faces went holi, holi, huqui, huqui, because
of you. This was the tribute we paid you. But now that you are no longer men,
you shall feel our strength. We shall grind and tear your flesh to pieces," said
their grinding stones.
And then their dogs spoke and said: "Why did you give us nothing to eat? You
scarcely looked at us, but you chased us and threw us out. You always had a stick
ready to strike us while you were eating.
"Thus it was that you treated us. You did not speak to us. Perhaps we shall
not kill you now; but why did you not look ahead, why did you not think about
yourselves? Now we shall destroy you, now you shall feel the teeth of our mouths;
we shall devour you," said the dogs, and then, they destroyed their faces.
And at the same time, their griddles and pots spoke: "Pain and suffering you
have caused us. Our mouths and our faces were blackened with soot; we were always
put on the fire and you burned us as though we felt no pain. Now you shall feel
it, we shall burn you," said their pots, and they all destroyed their [the wooden
men's] faces. The stones of the hearth, which were heaped together, hurled themselves
straight from the fire against their heads causing them pain.
The desperate ones [the men of wood] ran as quickly as they could; they wanted
to climb to the tops of the houses, and the houses fell down and threw them to
the ground; they wanted to climb to the treetops, and the trees cast them far
away; they wanted to enter the caverns, and the caverns repelled them.
So was the ruin of the men who had been created and formed, the men made to
be destroyed and annihilated; the mouths and faces of all of them were mangled.
And it is said that their descendants are the monkeys which now live in the
forests; these are all that remain of them because their flesh was made only of
wood by the Creator and the Maker.
And therefore the monkey looks like man, and is an example of a generation
of men which were created and made but were only wooden figures.
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