The Place of Fear

indigenousdialogues:

Mayan cosmology as narrated in the mythico-historical compendium of Popul Vuh (recorded in the Quiché language by a Domenican friar in AD 1701), encompasses both light and darkness, beauty and violence, heroism and renunciation. Contained in its annals is one of the strangest and most transformative creation myths concerning twin heroes, Hunahpu and Xbalanque who challenged the gods of the underworld [a dark, subterranean region called Xibalba where the air is palpable with bloodlust] to a multi-match ball tournament in order to recover the remains of their father and uncle. In his essay, 'The Riddle of Twins', philosopher, writer and cultural ecologist David Abram recounts this tale beautifully, part of which I am transcribing here:

"… the maiden called Blood Moon, six months pregnant as a result of being spat upon by a skull growing like a gourd on a calabash tree, is ordered to be sacrificed by the Lords of Xibalba, but when the owl messengers take her off to perform the sacrifice, fully intending to cut out her heart and bring it back to those dark Lords, the owls at the last moment agree to spare her life — letting her gather and prepare a congealed clump of scarlet sap which the owls bring back and present, red and oozing, to the Lords, declaring that it is indeed Blood Moon’s severed heart. The Lords are delighted by the apparent gore of the sacrifice, and especially pleased by the aroma of the smoke given off by the sap when they dry the supposed heart over a fire. Here is a precedent: no longer [is there any] need [for] human lives to be sacrificed to the Xibalban Lords of Death; henceforth they will be honored and petitioned not with severed human hearts, but with the burning incense that is made from clotted sap. A new era thus dawns…

… [I]t’s only by being spared by those soft-feathered messengers, and by the sly scam of the congealed tree sap, that Blood Moon is able to make her way up [from the underworld] to the earth’s surface, where she finally gives birth to the twin boys who’ve been growing like a waxing moon within her womb. These twins, these hunters, are named Hunahpu and Xbalanque, and it is they who will descend to retrieve their parents’ face [severed heads].

And why is their parents’ face lost down there, in that realm hidden below the earth’s surface? Because their two good hearted fathers, One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu — themselves twins born to the old midwife and the old matchmaker — had naively journeyed down into Xibalba to play ball with the Lords of Death, and had been tricked there into losing even before the game could start, and so were sacrificed and buried by the deadly Lords of Xibalba in the western Place of Ball Game Sacrifice. Buried, that is, except for the severed head of One Hunahpu, which had been placed by the lords in the forking branches of a nearby calabash tree. Sensing the sacred head in its branches, the calabash begins fruiting for the first time — a wonder! — bearing a clutch of gourds indistinguishable from the severed head that sits among them.

Thus it was that when Blood Moon came to gaze in wonder at this tree of skulls, one of them startled her by speaking — the severed skull of One Hunahpu speaking with the voice of both brothers, of One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu — explaining that although they have been killed, a father’s face nevertheless lives on in the face of his children. And it is then that the head spits in Blood Moon’s hand, sowing the seed that will swell and finally sprout from her womb as young Hunahpu and his twin Xbalanque.

But are these two young hunters, these twins, already carrying their fathers’ faces? If so, it is only in an unripe form: to gain the mature visage of their parents — the resplendent countenance of their lineage — they too will have to journey down into the underworld, into Xibalba, to confront the Lords of Death and avenge the fate of their ball-playing fathers.”

Images | Above: One Hunahpu spitting into Blood Moon’s hand, sowing the seed that will eventually transform into the young Hunahpu and his twin Xbalanque; Below: Hunahpu and Xbalanque holding balls symbolizing the sun and the moon in their challenge against the lords of the underworld.



fyffest:

JUST ANNOUNCED: Unbroken at the Ukrainian Cultural Center (Los Angeles) w/ Strife, Trial, Mean Season and Xibalba. Sunday, November 2nd at 4pm. We cannot wait.

Tickets on sale now: www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/681951

fyffest:

JUST ANNOUNCED: Unbroken at the Ukrainian Cultural Center (Los Angeles) w/ Strife, Trial, Mean Season and Xibalba. Sunday, November 2nd at 4pm. We cannot wait.

Tickets on sale now: www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/681951

Final day of recording at The Pit for the Tierra Y Libertad LP. #xibalba #tierraylibertad #southernlord @natexibalba @taylorxyoung @godofemptinesss (at The Pit Recording Studio)

moonluxssstx:

I think I’ll fall to pieces

If I don’t find something else to do

This sadness never ceases I’m still in love with you

Darling, darling Is this the end? Darling, darling Is this the end?

They say time has a way of healing

Dries all the tears from your eyes

But it’s this empty feeling

My heart can’t disguise

After all we’ve been through I try my best but it’s no use

I guess I’ll keep loving you Is this the end?

I think I’ll fall to pieces If I don’t find something else to do

This sadness never ceases I’m still in love with you

Darling, darling Is this the end? Darling, darling Is this the end?

Now that it’s all over

There’s something I think you should know

Think it over

One more time before you go

Call on me Call on me

Everything I can do Help me see it through

champsforkidsfest:

CHAMPS FOR KIDS FEST IS THIS SATURDAY!!! 

Set Times!!
No Authority 12:15-12:30
Coolside/Reunion 12:45-1:05
The Vitality 1:20-1:35
Lawerence 1:50-215
Forced Order/Violent Situation 2:30-3:30
Selfish Ways 3:45-4
Bad Times Crew 4:15-4:30
Rise 4:45-5
Life For A Life 5:15-5:30
Treacherouskin 5:45-6
Skinfather 6:15-6:45
Dynasty 7-7:30
Minus 7:45-8:15
Downpresser 8:30-9:00
Xibalba 9:30-10:00

There are a few surprises throughout the day! Do not miss out!!

champsforkidsfest:

CHAMPS FOR KIDS FEST IS THIS SATURDAY!!! 

Set Times!!

No Authority 12:15-12:30

Coolside/Reunion 12:45-1:05

The Vitality 1:20-1:35

Lawerence 1:50-215

Forced Order/Violent Situation 2:30-3:30

Selfish Ways 3:45-4

Bad Times Crew 4:15-4:30

Rise 4:45-5

Life For A Life 5:15-5:30

Treacherouskin 5:45-6

Skinfather 6:15-6:45

Dynasty 7-7:30

Minus 7:45-8:15

Downpresser 8:30-9:00

Xibalba 9:30-10:00

There are a few surprises throughout the day! Do not miss out!!

tnigzrecords:

Xibalba

Hasta La Muerte

Blue 2xLP Gatefold /500

Couple more days.. Don’t miss out on this last run!!

Couple more days.. Don’t miss out on this last run!!

fuckyeahextrememetal:

"Fall From Grace" Morbid Angel

purenoiserecords:

So Cal FRIENDS! Check out this rad gig!

purenoiserecords:

So Cal FRIENDS! Check out this rad gig!

tekeli-li-tekeli-li:

Wow, Xibalba is just fucking awful. I actually hate myself a little for giving this garbage the time of day.