Popol Vuh

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Dennis Tedlock

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Seven Death is a powerful lord of Xibalba who works primarily with One Death. The lords are skilled ball players, though they detest when non-Xibalban gods play ball, as it makes a great deal of noise in Xibalba. This leads One Death and Seven Death to summon ball players to Xibalba with the intention of putting an end to the noise. One and Seven Death are successful in tricking and killing One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu, but they are outsmarted time and again by One Hunahpu's sons, Hunahpu and Xbalanque.

Seven Death Quotes in Popol Vuh

The Popol Vuh quotes below are all either spoken by Seven Death or refer to Seven Death. 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

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
Explanation and Analysis:

"Where might you have come from? Please name it," Xibalba said to them.

"Well, wherever did we come from? We don't know," was all they said. They didn't name it.

Related Characters: Hunahpu, Xbalanque, One Death, Seven Death
Page Number: 120
Explanation and Analysis:
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Seven Death Character Timeline in Popol Vuh

The timeline below shows where the character Seven Death appears in Popol Vuh. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Three
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...and Xibalba, the underworld. As such, the highest lords of the underworld, One Death and Seven Death , can hear the players stomping and yelling as they play. One and Seven Death... (full context)
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There 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... (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... (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,... (full context)
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...the morning, when One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu are brought back before One Death and Seven Death , they explain that they finished the torch and the cigars. One and Seven Death... (full context)
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The tree's fruit amazes and troubles One Death and Seven Death . The fruit is so abundant, it's impossible to tell where One Hunahpu's head is.... (full context)
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...as before, the lords of Xibalba are quickly annoyed by the noise. One Death and Seven Death decide to summon these foolish ball players to play in Xibalba, and they tell the... (full context)
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...the louse to relay its message. The louse repeats the summons from One Death and Seven Death to come in seven days with equipment to play ball. He says too that Xmucane... (full context)
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...distraught. They recognize that there's something different about Hunahpu and Xbalanque, but One Death and Seven Death invite the boys to play ball anyway. The lords ask the boys to name where... (full context)
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...to kill them, and threaten to leave unless the Xibalbans play fair. One Death and Seven Death agree to use the boys' ball, and the conversation then turns to what the prize... (full context)
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...points down. Then, the boys summon cutter ants to fetch flowers from One Death and Seven Death 's garden. One Death and Seven Death had posted a sentry, a whippoorwill, at their... (full context)
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...lords' feet, the lords receive them with pained and sick looks. Afterwards, One Death and Seven Death summon the whippoorwill to ask how it allowed the flowers to be stolen. The whippoorwill... (full context)
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...isn't moving, he begins to cry. Hunahpu's head rolls in front of One Death and Seven Death , and all of Xibalba is thrilled at this victory. Xbalanque gathers himself and asks... (full context)
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A bit later, in the court, One Death and Seven Death drop in Hunahpu's head, and Hunahpu shouts for them to use his head as a... (full context)
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One Death and Seven Death are confused when they return, but they resume the game regardless. Xbalanque punts the squash... (full context)
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One Death and Seven Death summon Xulu and Pacam, and the seers do as they were told and grind Hunahpu... (full context)
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One Death and Seven Death eventually hear about these entertainers and decide to summon them to perform. They send their... (full context)
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One Death and Seven Death ask Hunahpu and Xbalanque to sacrifice them, and the twins agree. They sacrifice One Death... (full context)