Popol Vuh


Dennis Tedlock

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Blood Gatherer Character Analysis

Blood Gatherer is one of the lords of Xibalba. He has a virgin daughter, Blood Moon, and is enraged when he realizes she's pregnant. Because he believes that her children will be bastards, he, One Death, and Seven Death command the owl messengers to take her into the woods and cut out her heart.

Blood Gatherer Quotes in Popol Vuh

The Popol Vuh quotes below are all either spoken by Blood Gatherer or refer to Blood Gatherer. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Origins, Customs, and the Mayan Culture Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Popol Vuh published in 1996.
Part Three Quotes

And such was the naming of their names, they named them all among themselves. They showed their faces and named their names, each one named by the one ranking above him, and naming in turn the name of the one seated next to him.

Page Number: 118
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Blood Gatherer Character Timeline in Popol Vuh

The timeline below shows where the character Blood Gatherer appears in Popol Vuh. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Three
Origins, Customs, and the Mayan Culture Theme Icon
What It Means to be Human Theme Icon
...are a number of lesser lords under One Death and Seven Death. Scab Stripper and Blood Gatherer make people bleed, while the Demon of Pus and the Demon of Jaundice make people... (full context)
Heroism vs. Villainy Theme Icon
...the tree, but a young maiden named Blood Moon soon breaks this rule. Her father, Blood Gatherer , tells her about the tree, and Blood Moon is curious. She wonders if the... (full context)
Origins, Customs, and the Mayan Culture Theme Icon
Heroism vs. Villainy Theme Icon
Names, Power, and Memory Theme Icon
With this, Blood Moon becomes pregnant with the twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. After six months, Blood Gatherer finally notices that his daughter is pregnant. He's very angry, as he believes that her... (full context)