Seven Macaw is a bird god who "magnifies himself." Before the first dawn, he decorates his teeth with turquoise and places gleaming metals around his eyes. His nest is also made of metal, which casts light around his tree—though he believes that the light from his nest and from his face are capable of lighting the entire world, and he therefore tries to impersonate the moon and sun and become an object of worship for the wood people. Hunahpu and Xbalanque understand that this self-magnification is evil, so they shoot Seven Macaw in the jaw with their blowguns. They then trick him into allowing Great White Peccary and Great White Coati to pull his turquoise teeth and pluck out the metal from around his eyes, depriving him of the things that made him a lord. Seven Macaw then dies of shame. His two sons, Zipacna and Earthquake, are similarly boastful and self-important.
Seven Macaw Character Timeline in Popol Vuh
The timeline below shows where the character Seven Macaw appears in Popol Vuh. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
At this time, everything is still dark; there is no sun. However, a god called Seven Macaw "magnifies himself" and impersonates the sun and moon, giving light to the flooded wood people.... (full context)