Popol Vuh

by

Dennis Tedlock

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Earthquake Character Analysis

Earthquake is the second son of Seven Macaw and Chimalmat. Like Zipacna and Seven Macaw, Earthquake has an overblown sense of his own importance. With a tap of his toe, he can bring down entire mountains, and he spends his days wreaking havoc on the land. Hurricane instructs Hunahpu and Xbalanque to trick Earthquake into sitting down somewhere in the east, which the twins do by telling Earthquake that there's a massive mountain in the east. As they travel, Hunahpu and Xbalanque coat a bird in plaster and give it to Earthquake to eat. This causes Earthquake to lose the strength in his arms and legs, and the twins bury him in the earth.

Earthquake Quotes in Popol Vuh

The Popol Vuh quotes below are all either spoken by Earthquake or refer to Earthquake. 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 Two Quotes

"In earth we must cook it, and in earth must be his grave—if the great knower, the one to be made and modeled, is to have a sowing and dawning," said the boys.

"Because of this, the human heart will desire a bite of meat, a meal of flesh, just as the heart of Earthquake will desire it."

Related Characters: Hunahpu (speaker), Xbalanque (speaker), Earthquake
Page Number: 87
Explanation and Analysis:
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Earthquake Character Timeline in Popol Vuh

The timeline below shows where the character Earthquake appears in Popol Vuh. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Two
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Seven Macaw has two sons with his wife, Chimalmat: Zipacna and Earthquake. Zipacna spends his time building up mountains, while Earthquake moves and softens the mountains. They... (full context)
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Next, Hurricane speaks to Hunahpu and Xbalanque about Earthquake. Hurricane explains that Earthquake also needs to be defeated because what he does to the... (full context)
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When Xbalanque and Hunahpu come upon Earthquake, they ask him what he's doing. He explains that he's breaking mountains, and he says... (full context)
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...They coat one of the birds with plaster and decide to give that one to Earthquake when he gets hungry. They reason that they must cook the bird in the earth,... (full context)
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Earthquake becomes hungry when he smells the cooking birds. He asks Hunahpu and Xbalanque for a... (full context)