Popol Vuh

by

Dennis Tedlock

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One Hunahpu Character Analysis

One Hunahpu is Xmucane and Xpiyacoc's son, and the father of Hunahpu, Xbalanque, One Monkey, and One Artisan. He and his brother, Seven Hunahpu, love to play a traditional Mesoamerican ball game. However, because the ball court is on the road to Xibalba, the sounds of the game irritate the lords of Xibalba. When One Death and Seven Death summon One and Seven Hunahpu to play ball in Xibalba, One and Seven Hunahpu fall for the Xibalban lords' tricks and are killed because of it. Though One Hunahpu isn't the most skilled trickster, he is exceptionally loyal to his family members. When he descends to Xibalba, he instructs his sons to entertain and care for Xmucane in his absence.

One Hunahpu Quotes in Popol Vuh

The Popol Vuh quotes below are all either spoken by One Hunahpu or refer to One Hunahpu. 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
Explanation and Analysis:

"Listen, we shall name our names, and we shall also name the names of our fathers for you. Here we are: we are little Hunahpu and Xbalanque by name. And these are our fathers, the ones you killed: One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu by name. And we are here to clear the road of the torments and troubles of our fathers.

Related Characters: Hunahpu, Xbalanque, One Hunahpu, Seven Hunahpu
Page Number: 138
Explanation and Analysis:
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One Hunahpu Character Timeline in Popol Vuh

The timeline below shows where the character One Hunahpu appears in Popol Vuh. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Three
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...the story will now give a partial account of his exploits. The twins’ father is One Hunahpu , brother of Seven Hunahpu. One and Seven Hunahpu are the children of Xmucane and... (full context)
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One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu spend their time throwing dice and playing a ball game, often with... (full context)
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...these lords speak with One and Seven Death, they decide that they'd like to acquire One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu's gaming equipment to put an end to the noise. (full context)
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One Death and Seven Death send their messenger owls to summon One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu to play ball in Xibalba. They instruct the messengers to flatter One... (full context)
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The owl messengers guide One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu down the road to Xibalba, which winds down a steep hill to... (full context)
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...are four roads—Red Road, Black Road, White Road, and Yellow Road—and Black Road speaks to One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu. It says that it's the lords’ road, but it's actually the Road... (full context)
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Finally, One Death and Seven Death address their guests. They tell One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu that tomorrow they'll play ball, and they offer them a bench—but the... (full context)
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Once One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu enter Dark House, a bearer brings them one lit torch and two... (full context)
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In the morning, when One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu are brought back before One Death and Seven Death, they explain that... (full context)
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...One Death and Seven Death. The fruit is so abundant, it's impossible to tell where One Hunahpu 's head is. The Xibalbans decide that nobody should pick the fruit or go close... (full context)
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One Hunahpu 's head asks Blood Moon to stretch out her hand where he can see it.... (full context)
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...the messengers that her child was conceived miraculously when she went to go look at One Hunahpu 's head in the tree. She begs the messengers to not sacrifice her. The messengers... (full context)
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...insists that she has no grandchildren but One Monkey and One Artisan, and laments that One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu died in Xibalba. Blood Moon tries again to explain that her unborn... (full context)
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...shouts that she doesn't want Blood Moon, that Blood Moon's babies are bastards, and that One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu are dead. When Blood Moon insists again, Xmucane sends her to gather... (full context)
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...to tell them if the boys give him food. The rat tells the boys that One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu's gaming equipment is hidden in Xmucane's roof, and she doesn't want them... (full context)
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...Xbalanque tell their names to the remaining Xibalbans. They say that they're the sons of One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu, and they've returned to Xibalba to right their deaths. The twins inform... (full context)