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Quetzal

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This is one of the center pieces on the body paint I’m working on. It’s a “quetzal”, Guatemalan national bird and Maya sacred bird.

Legend says that during Spain’s invasion to IximchĂ©, the Qui’che fortress city, the brave young prince TecĂșn Uman was mortally wounded by Spaniard vile general Don Pedro de Alvarado.

When the young prince fell, a beautiful quetzal went to rest over his chest, both died there and since that day, quetzals have their chest painted in bright red. Tainted by the Qui’che Prince’s blood.

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Ixquic

Ixquic

Ixquic, sometimes glossed as “Blood Moon” or “Blood Girl/Maiden”, was the daughter of one of the lords of Xibalba, called Cuchumaquic, Xibalba being the Maya Underworld.

In the account told by the Popol Vuh, Ixquic went to investigate a calabash tree where the Lords of Xibalba had displayed the severed head of Hun Hunahpu, whom they had sacrificed. Upon arriving she was curious as to the strange fruit that it bore, in the shape of a skull, and the head of Hun Hunahpu instructed the maiden to reach out and take one. As she did so the skull spat upon her hand, and through this act she became pregnant with Hun Hunahpu’s twin sons.

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