Popol Vuh

by

Dennis Tedlock

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Blood Moon is Blood Gatherer's daughter, and the mother of Hunahpu and Xbalanque. She's overwhelmingly good, pure, and resourceful. When she hears that the calabash tree bore fruit after One Death and Seven Death placed One Hunahpu's head in the tree, she's extremely curious and goes to investigate. There, One Hunahpu spits in her palm and she conceives the twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. After the owl messengers help her escape her father's wrath and leave Xibalba, Blood Moon convinces Xmucane that she's truly pregnant with Xmucane's grandchildren. She's able to do this because of her honest and true intentions.

Blood Moon Quotes in Popol Vuh

The Popol Vuh quotes below are all either spoken by Blood Moon or refer to Blood Moon. 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:
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). 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

After that, his son is like his saliva, his spittle, in his being, whether it be the son of a lord or the son of a craftsman, an orator. The father does not disappear, but goes on being fulfilled...

Related Characters: One Hunahpu (speaker), Hunahpu, Xbalanque, Seven Hunahpu, Blood Moon
Page Number: 99
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But Hunahpu and Xbalanque aren't turning red with anger; rather, they just let it go, even though they know their proper place, which they see as clear as day.

Page Number: 105
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Blood Moon Character Timeline in Popol Vuh

The timeline below shows where the character Blood Moon appears in Popol Vuh. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Three
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...should pick the fruit or go close to the tree, but a young maiden named Blood Moon soon breaks this rule. Her father, Blood Gatherer, tells her about the tree, and Blood... (full context)
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One Hunahpu's head asks Blood Moon to stretch out her hand where he can see it. Then he spits in her... (full context)
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With this, Blood Moon becomes pregnant with the twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. After six months, Blood Gatherer finally notices... (full context)
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The owl messengers take Blood Moon by the hand and lead her away. Once they're well away, Blood Moon explains to... (full context)
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Blood Moon tells the owl messengers that from now on, their home won't be in Xibalba, and... (full context)
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...and sweet, and all the lords stand around smelling it. The owl messengers return to Blood Moon and send her out of Xibalba through a hole in the earth, and the smoking... (full context)
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Blood Moon goes to Xmucane for help. She explains that she's Xmucane's daughter-in-law and is pregnant with... (full context)
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Xmucane shouts that she doesn't want Blood Moon , that Blood Moon's babies are bastards, and that One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu are... (full context)
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When Blood Moon returns to Xmucane's hut, animals carry her full net for her. Xmucane is livid that... (full context)
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Not long after, Blood Moon gives birth very suddenly to Hunahpu and Xbalanque while she's in the mountains. When she... (full context)
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...Hunahpu and Xbalanque can begin their process of becoming truly great. They start by assuring Blood Moon and Xmucane that they'll take over the gardening duties. They pick up their tools and... (full context)
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Xbalanque and Hunahpu ask Blood Moon to go help Xmucane since she's taking so long, and as soon as she's gone,... (full context)