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THE MEETING OF MAYA AND SANDOVAL (See page 36) .
MAYA A STORY OF YUCATAN BY WM. P. DUDLEY FOULKE H ILLUSTRATED SECOND EDITION G. PUTNAM S SONS NEW YORK AND LONDON Cbe Knickerbocker press 1901 .
January. 1900 J!Y WM. DUDLEY FOULKE up and electrotyped. 1900.M Set COPYRIGHT. 1901. November. Reprinted. Hew Both . TTbe -Rnfcfecrbocher pree.
. 32 . IO . PAGE . . x. HISTORY . XII. . . 1 II. . IN iii THE TEMPLE 95 251959 .. -.. . . . . . MAYA S SCHEME . THE NEW-MADE GOD THE WEDDING AT THE CHAMBER . . . .88 . III. . XVI.tfot CONTENTS CHAPTER I. . IV.21 21 . . .82 . IX. 76 XIV. . VII. THE CASTAWAYS THE FUGITIVES . . . . . . VI. THE WATER CARRIERS THE FIRST ENCOUNTER MEDITATION . .69 . -39 -45 . . . . V. XI. . XV.48 . 63 . 58 MAYA AND HER MAIDENS DREAMS AND DEVICES PREPARATIONS . . VIII. . . GUERRERO AND AGUILAR -13 . XIII. . SANDOVAL THE SENOTE .
. .. Contents PAGH THE EMBASSY . . XXXVII. . . XXI. . . 174 l8o XXIX. REPROOF THE SPY REVENGE RELEASE EXILE INSTRUCTION . . .iv CHAPTER XVII.. THE CHILD . . SUBMISSION XXXV. . . . . . . 191 BEREAVEMENT THE SONG XXXIV. .. . XXVII. . THE INVADERS . .215 .153 . . UXMAL . XXII.162 .. CONSOLATION XXXI.211 . CANEK . XXXIII. .104 . . . . XXV.187 . .138 145 XXIV. XVIII.. . XXIII. 1 66 . . .. XXVI. XXX. . . . .122 127 1^4 AHCUNAL LEGENDS . . THE ORIOLE XXXVI.. .. . XXVIII. I l6 XX. I 1} XIX. . . XXXII. 194 2OO 203 207 THE NUPTIALS CONCLUSION .. . THE GODS DECREES THE CROSS . . .
. . .ILLUSTRATIONS THE MEETING OF MAYA AND SANDOVAL Frontispiece UXMAL. WITH HOUSE OF THE UXMAL. . PART OF WEST FAgADE UXMAL. EAST FAgADE. CORNICE ON THE NUNNERY.. DIVINER BEYOND 52 THE NUNNERY. SOUTH FAgADE UXMAL. .158 174 HOUSE OF THE DOVES . THE NUNNERY. .. . .
INTRODUCTORY THEnorthward which is peninsula of Yucatan. Upon the ground there is no hint of the green herbage of our more tem perate climes. twisted and gnarled. in this it is especially during the dry sea which begins with our winter and ends a May season when the forests are stripped of their foliage and innumerable trunks and branches. The Spaniard who dwells amid more genial surroundings will tell you that it is un pais muy tn ste. it separates from the Caribbean Sea. no river. wave their grotesque arms like hosts of spectres. ginning and end of the long drouth steams vii . above all other regions of the earth a fit abode for the mysterious and the supernat ural. projecting into the Gulf of Mexico. nor glisten the rain ing of laughing water anywhere which still falls occasionally near the be . brook. And son.".a very sad land. ".
It worn as is a low flat land. and excepting oc casional haciendas. the dark recesses pools far of the For great caverns lie below. or slinks behind a as sullen and sombre as the air with an it which stifles the throat noonday. and brings the exhalations of miasma with the chill of night with thickets impenetrable filled with noisome insects and venomous reptiles. such to-day is the wild land upon which half a hundred ruined cities. as monotonous Sahara earth with stunted hills and stunted trees with a sun which hurls its rays upon the till all mass of clouds land things hide. many of them vast and beautiful.viii Introductory soil or is up from the hot crannies of the sucked through into limestone down amid earth. used for the manufacture of f hemp). profound abysses into whose depths the inhabitants of cities now in ruins used to betake them selves for water until their steps have deep pathways in the stone. have already been . devoted mainly to the that breathes at culture of hennequin (a variety of the cent ury plant. Apart from the towns and straggling villages which are clustered near the coast. but with no shade nor cheer.
Introductory discovered. intermingled more or less i with Spanish blood). honest ers of and intelligent even after their long service as hewers of wood and draw. while perhaps others are hidden in the wilderness. For explorations are still going on in the which is inhabited by wild tribes of Indians who lurk in its recesses and sometimes beset the path of the wayfarer or wage a desultory war against the govern ment. the civilised Indi-) ans and the Mestizos (descendants of the ( same Maya stock. docile. scrupulously clean and fairly industri ous. hospit able. and And yet the finely chiselled features delicate limbs of this fierce race bear it is witness that far different the offspring of a people that from which dwells upon the land to-day. are a people kind. who constitute the farm labourers and the artisans of Yucatan. upon which the . courteous. Indeed. feOieighbgurTn those things which go to the makingjjp orcfiaracter] ~~Perfiaps the ". these Mestizos with / the mongrel inhabitants of other parts of Mexico without a feeling that the Maya an^ cestor must have been _far ahead of his^Az^.. One cannot compare water for their Castilian masters.sadTTarTd". ix still interior.
it was upon the ".x Introductory Mayas established their abodes was itself one of the causes of their superiority.Maayha". the ".land without water". peninsula. It was the shores of that our New England upon own best institutions first took root. It was in barren Attica that Greek civilisation reached its highest development. In like manner. . (for this is one of the interpretations of the word). that there were found the noblest illustrations of the culture of our West ern continent before the corning of the European.
Relaciones de las Cosas de Yucatan. Justin Winsor. Daniel G. Eligio Ancona. Hubert Howe Bancroft. toria . Desire L Charnay. legendary. Narrative and Critical History of America . Notice Races and Mexico. Nations Crrtfisees du Mexique. Inci quest of Mexico. Brinton. Here and There in Yucatan. Conquista de la NueoaEspana. Voyages of the Companions of Columbus . CogoUudo. Irving. Brasseur de Bourbourg. Holmes. Alice Le Plongeon. Prescott Con Stephens. John dents of Travel in Yucatan . Ancient Cities of the New World. THSwwwafe cf Yucatan.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS HPHE author acknowledges his obligations to the following works in preparing 1 the historical. Wiffiam H. and descriptive portions of his book : Landa. His- de Yucatan . MffrsoL the New World and The MJVJ Chronicle.
when story opens. directions lands. This expedition had fallen under the com mand of Balboa among his followers was . the white man had AT our islands of Fernandina (or But the great Cuba) and Hispaniola (which we call San Domingo) had passed into Spanish hands. to procure provisions. and from these islands expeditions had set out in various not yet set foot in Yucatan. who was afterwards sent back to Hispaniola to make report of the doings of his chief. for the conquest of unknown that most important was which had established upon the isth One of the mus of Panama the settlement of Darien. . one Valdivia.MAYA CHAPTER I THE CASTAWAYS the beginning of the year 1512.
their oars had been broken by the storm. and his small caravel. or the Alligators. They had no sail. and they could make no headway against wind and current. It filled with waves.2 Maya and to convey to the royal treasury a con siderable quantity of gold. a clumsy craft to battle with a storm. and water. they came in sight of land. whose long sharp fins were seen above the water gliding silently and smoothly close to the side of the boat. was soon dismantled. Valdivia and his crew. thirst. and . Off the coast of Jamaica. and one after another seven had been cast into the where their bodies quickly became the prey of the sharks. For thirteen days they drifted helplessly. They were tortured by the pangs of perished. until sea. twenty in took refuge in an open boat. all. Valdivia was overtaken by a hurricane. Just beyond was a low ledge of rock where thickets grew. on a day when hope was wholly dead among the survivors. lay for a time at the mercy of the finally sank upon the shoals as known Caymanes. At last. their With all the strength left in exhausted bodies they struggled to reach the shore. and finally landed on a narrow strip of beach.
dragged it across the beach. wee easily Their hands were^Bound with strong cords. Suddenly from the thickets there dashed forth a multitude of dark-skinned natives. derers. Some ran quickly toward the boat. who seemed of greater dignity. Within was a large . too weak to resist. where they passed through a multitude of women and children. warm smooth sand in utter weariness. wore short sleeveless tunics embroidered in bright colours and extending to the knees. Many carried bows and arrows or brandished spears with heads of a few had large two-handed swords flint of hard wood with sharp flint edges. Their long matted hair was coiled round their heads and decked with the plumage of tropical birds. but a few.The Castaways 3 at whose edge the palms curved outward and then rose tall and stately toward the Here the wanderers sank upon the sky. and broke it in pieces on the rocks at the edge of the for est others surrounded the forlorn wan . Most of these had no other garment than a long cotton cloth wound about the loins. and were taken by high into an enclosure surrounded palisades. . who. and they were led to an Indian village.
the village was astir. and some upon beds made of cane network set upon short posts and overspread with mats and before the night closed in. built of round poles placed close together. The gate of their enclosure had been opened. their beards. The Span could not understand what was said. When they awoke. honey. Worn out by ex posure and suffering. and cakes of rnlafe^rtoeleT with". with the mantle of 8 unbroken deep. and led into the lodge. But after had were bound eaten.4 Maya oval cabin or lodge. but from the gestures they thought the . some upon hammocks which they found suspended from the ridge-poles of the building. they they again. lonsed^nd their captors bmught them water. and the captives began to hope that they had fallen into kindly hands. Their^cords were. they covered their dreadful memories and un . and the people of the place had certain apprehensions gathered to gaze upon the strange beings and iards wonder at their light skins. fish were shelteTand refreshment. sleep. and curious clothing. plastered and covered by a steep thatched roof of palm leaves. they lay.
To this their guards did not object.The Castaways natives 5 seemed to remark how weak and thin they were. fruits. released from their fetters he held up a small crucifix which hung from his neck. was a priest. Jeronimo de AguiWhenever his arms were lar. only while they were could not understand the but since their meal-time hour of liberty they naturally wished to prolong it. to celebrate the mass. and a strange sort of wine. and it was not long until they had grown strong and well again. in prayer. rude fashion. rice. they were done. not very reason for was their only good to taste. but always waited patiently till Eggs. His captors looked on with interest and curiosity. and when abundant food was offered them they took it as a proof of kindness and sympathy. but quite intoxicating. They were suffered to live in idleness and great rever ence was paid them. game. and upon a sign from him they followed . One of their number. while his companions fell upon their knees in and on several occasions when the wine was offered them he endeavoured. were added to their diet. They ate heartily. fetters They this. yet they were freed from their eating.
bright apparel had come from Multitudes arrayed in the country round about. and a stone cornice just below the level surface on top. and in an open square in front of their prison all was made ready for a great The houses were bedecked with and the prisoners saw through the chinks of the palisades that there were many garlands upon the sides and summit of a flatfeast. They had noticed that there was a broad. as if willing to join in adoration of the strange deity. There was a large stone near the middle of the flat area at the sum mit. and seemed to have been made for distinc tion and show.6 Maya the Spaniards in the outward postures and signs of devotion. flowers. topped pyramid on one side of the square. and they wondered what could be the purpose of such a building. . and another smaller one in front. It towered high above the houses of the town. After the Spaniards had remained perhaps two months in this captivity. steep stairway on one side of this pyramid. This day they saw many Indians climbing the stairway and scattering flowers along the way. they noticed one morning that a great crowd had gath ered in the village.
The Castaways 7 Evidently some public ceremonial was at The captives also noticed that other hand. through a silent and respectful multitude. more arrayed than the rest. and tore out his heart. to the sun. were selected and led forth. smoking and and then dashed After the sacrifice. upon their heads gold fillets feathers. and one carried in his hand with bright a broad flint knife. opened the breast of the victim with a knife. a few of these wore dignitaries had arrived . and one after another each of the captives was stretched on the smaller stone by four of the long-robed while a fifth threw over his neck a priests. which was held. wooden it yoke. the company. down richly and a sixth. they knew not whither. was car ried before them. up in the face of the idol. The his Valdivia and four of gates opened. grotesquely shaped in clay. the body of each of the slaughtered men . An hour afterwards those who remained saw their companions dragged naked up the The image of steep steps of the pyramid. pressing to strangle him. the largest and stoutest of companions. and placed upon the large stone on top. still palpitating. a god. shaped like a snake.
and borne away by attendants who were in waiting below. crowned with garlands. Their keepers had fallen One of the captives. into a heavy sleep. of the made no attempt sort. to whom wine and food had been given in abundance. a new. a rough sailor. because a wandering life in the wilder ness had seemed as much to be dreaded as But now. amid the venison and wild fowl and bread and wine and . More horrible still was the scene that fol lowed for the prisoners could see upon tables in the open square. Gonzalo Guerrero. strange viand. more eagerly devoured than any other by the brutal mul titude that sat. a They now saw Hitherto they had their chance for escape. with death the evils of bondage. even their own guards. So ity ! this was to be the end of their captiv And when would it come to those still who were alive? How long would the bloody festival continue? The sur vivors observed that the feast was followed by took drunken orgy in which all the men part. honey. staring them in the face. they must act and act quickly. at the festival. gnawed .8 Maya cast was down the steep sides of the pyra mid.
released the his companions. tearing open the gate. and they ran at full speed to the nearest thickets. Seizing of their guards. but the fugitives were soon lost in the darkness. screaming and pelting them with stones.The Castaways 9 asunder the cord which bound the hands of Aguilar. Happily they found amid the drunken throng none who were able to capture them. and the priest. . when in a small cavern hidden took they refuge in a thick grove and awaited the coming of its deemed themselves the morning. Some women followed for a time. they rushed into the open square in front of it. the Spaniards weapons waited until nightfall had shrouded the village. then. Later in the night the moon rose and by aid they struggled on until they safe from pursuit. thus freed from his fetters.
even if they should escape the doom of their com panions. for they noticed that there were no streams in the 10 . in which. they must remain prisoners forever. They had taken bows and arrows from their keepers and they could make others for themselves. quail.CHAPTER II THE FUGITIVES though they were to escape their doom. their condition. fear was of the lack of water. and they believed that they could always Their chief find food in the wilderness. they found pitiful What hope was there that they could ever rejoin their countrymen ? They supposed that the region where they had landed was a vast island. turkey. and pheasants as well as larger game. when they reflected it GLAD present upon enough. Birds of every kind were abundant. wild hogs and deer.
going forth they only in pursuit of food. while two of their number were . and for a long One day. Thus they wandered for many weeks. the In the daytime better to avoid discovery. but found no lake nor river. and there were occasional pools for present use. and the sickness of one often detained the for many days. and although it was still the rainy season. They de termined therefore not to rest until they had found some lake or river which would assure them They resolved to a constant supply. the fugitives were filled with dread as to what would happen when the dry season should begin. in hide the would forest. they suffered greatly on account rain. however. time they eluded observation. First one and was seized with the fever so prevalent in the low-lands of the tropics. travel by night.The Fugitives 1 1 forest. They proceeded with great caution from the fear of meeting bands of natives or of coming suddenly others upon some Indian town. They made rude hammocks and they built each day out of leaves and branches a shelter against sun and They had a plentiful supply of but game. of the then another unwholesome climate.
They were pinioned each wrists to night by the strong stakes driven into the Little ground. were seen by an Indian who brought the news back to his village. even the crucifix of / Aguilar. They were threatened with death and torture whenever they failed to do the bidding of their masters. nfTe". the others.~after anothar succumbed to fever and suffering until all but three had perished. and after a short struggle all were made prisoners again. their clothing and had saved from the wreck / keep his breviary. They were cruelly / all that they \ were taken from them. The same night the Spaniards were surrounded. \were fed scantily /the hardest and and compelled to most degrading They work at tasks. mercy^was shown them even in sickness.".12 lying Maya ill. and in * many ways their fate seemed more cruel ( than during their earlier captivity. who were hunting in the neighbourhood. . They were distributed as slaves among the chief men of the community. although the priest was allowed to j beaten. and during the weary followed.
the two caphad fallen to the lot of chief. wherein 13 much booty . the neighbouring chief of Chatemal. and Indian his He and and soon became useful to he new with master was dextrous weapons. and best of a well-laid plan he aided his chief by which was master of attack against a tribe His at war with Chatemal.CHAPTER III GUERRERO AND AGUILAR /^UERRERO Vj the tives who and Aguilar. slaves of and they became the set out to Taxmar. cacao. with copal. fared better than Their master died soon after they were taken. Guer rero was sent as a gift. he was in making tools skilful all bow arrow. cotton cloth. won the battle. Ahkin Xooc. damsels. Once when an embassy make a league of friendship with Nachan Can. his successor. the rest.
and to wed one of the chief maidens of the tribe a buxom damsel. Still he had some qualms of conscience at The old sailor had been a sad ^ turning]iis_bakupon the saints. and was not ready to die. and Nachan Can might well deem it his duty to devote his captive to the gods with other prisoners who were fusion to be sacrificed at a coming festival. / during the past/few months what had the saints. agile. his dog during roving life. the Virgin. the angels. His refusal would no doubt awaken the religious zeal of his offended master. and the grateful Nachan Can now commanded Guerrero to be baptised according to the Maya rites. Bui then. not quite such a one as he might have chosen in his native lithe. he could make what mental reser- N 7 L .14 Maya and many prisoners were taken. town and good-humoured of Palos. a rid! he Holy Trinity. and the Holy I Trinity done for him ? Why not seize the present opportunity for life and comfort ? / This baptism and wedding were mere / forms. the angels. but a girl strong. by far the most palatable morsel among the maidens of her race. Guerrero was thrown into great con by this command. th^YTrgTn.
At last he had become beautiful and godlike ! .Guerrero and Aguilar 15 vjrtions he pleased. mystically portrayed in religion yellow and Kukulcan. but he had not yet given those unalterable proofs of his sincerity which public opinion demanded. in He must be ears talips ! tooed ! He must wear and and nostrils the badges of his exalted rank So at last he underwent that painful pro cess which would sever all hope of re His cheeks were storation to his kindred. he took to himself the dusky princess and he be came taken.serpent be decked with feathers". the ". npt. worshipping. he wVild repent with all his heaVt and God woyld If he would have surely forgiVe him. So he went through the baptismal cere mony with his secret reservations. decorated with the symbols of the strange the sun. downward step is not easily re He had indeed professed the faith of the Mayas. Heavy gold rings adorned his features. at lea\t a few years of grace before per- ^ ditionA n Such were the sophistries of his unlet tered mind. a great But a man of the tribe. and if he should ever ge\ out 6f that wretched country. Life is sweet even in Yucatan.
so he remained.1 6 Maya lived He many years . but had not his beloved Mother Church told him that after all it was . as we trie shall relate hereafter. The poor priest. and when at last he died. let us hope that good Lord. The career of Aguilar. afterwards. Moreover. children were born to him who inherited their father s talents and their mother s piety for still it was observed that the father lacked zeal when he took part in the elaborate cere monials and bloody rites of the people of Chatemal. was much more edifying. accetjngj^s finaj^rjenitence. yet his lot had now been cast irrevocably with the tribe. He secret could not go home again without becoming an object of derision. allowed him to atone life by a short stay ifTpttrgatory for a of heresy born of such dire necessity. his wife and children with many tears besought him not to leave them. who had remained with Taxmar. bereft even of his crucifix. was in sore straits. when Cortes (whose ships lay off the coast of Yucatan before his descent into Mexico) sent by a Some years messenger a letter offering ransom for the Spanish captives. the old sailor had many pangs of regret.
he always cast his eyes above the horrible idols and seemed to look for succour to the skies. Taxmar. and seeing that oftentimes his sacrifices to Acanum brought him no game.Guerrero and Aguilar the heart and not the symbol which 17 was the important matter for salvation ? Each morning he might be seen upon his knees in when they threw him upon prayer adoring an invisible deity. he had been filled with doubt as to the power of these deities to bring game. he worshipped the gods for what they could give him. He served his chief with meekness and zeal. however. He was brave in bat dulge in this Aguilar. and his offerings to Chaac brought him no crops. and his face before their gods. crops. was a man of sense . turned out to be a useful man. like tle and wise in council. nothing more. The high-priest . so Taxmar began to look upon the strange faith of his captive with a skeptic s tolerance. Sometimes the gods would help him. and other essentials to happiness. why then should he not suffer his slave to in harmless worship ? Guerrero. but again they brought sorrow upon his people. Perhaps the Christ ian s God was as good as his own .
Taxmar sent the captive with a beautiful young ! a distant lake. slave girl to fish in the early morning in They were to spend the strict night upon its borders. and make an his silly superstitions. Then the high-priest talked of treachery and told the chief that the virtue of Aguilar was a pretence.1 8 Maya of the tribe indeed had besought Taxmar to offer the stranger to the gods. art far preferring the certain services of his captive to the whimsical favours of uncertain deities. a So Surely this must be deceit scheme was devised to test him.Thou canst dowrfh me as thou wilt. but Aguilar said to hjs master craftily ".who devoted to thee.". was cold. wholly So the cacique refused to part with him. : end of butthou is too wiseto~3esTroy ofTe". Anthony. There was one thing that neither of them could understand. but Aguilar kindled a fire and slept alone upon the beach some distance . and the girl had orders to beset the poor priest with the same temptation which the Devil once The night prepared for good St. The Spaniard had always kept aloof from women. There are men who are like this to-day.
nal nakedness. and his Years passed and a messenger arrived with Cortes letter wound in the tresses of his hair. Ordaz had already departed. in aborigi with long hair and skin as brown as that of his companions. with three small vessels to wait for the wander ers. was He threw taken for an Indian like the rest. He prevailed.Guerrero and Aguilar 19 from the single hammock in which he had wrapped the maiden in warm skins. they were seized and brought before the commander. On their return she told to wondering ears the story of his strange behaviour. a few Aguilar hired a canoe with six oarsmen and they landed leagues from the coast. his lieutenant. that when Taxmar went the priest to war he intrusted household children. . his slaves. Here near the ships of the great captain. and he besought his master to accept the proffered ransom and let him go. with the management of his his wife. The heart of the poor exile leaped for joy. he reached the spot whither Cortes had sent Ordaz. and so great became the confidence of the chief. and setting out with the messenger. The poor priest. but Cor tes was still at the island of Cozumel.
* * Amid many by Aguilar Cortes. regidor of . who was present. and then carried the exile with him upon his cam paign for the conquest of the Aztec king dom. and in broken Castilian (for he had almost forgotten his native tongue) he besought the protection of his countryman.20 Maya himself upon the ground. Cortes welcomed him. conflicting accounts of the reception of I have chosen that of Bernal Diaz. became ". inquired with ten derness after his companions. Aguilar afterwards the City of Mexico. gave him new garments. ".
Sandoval was one of those who had been captured by the tribe of Ahkin Xooc.CHAPTER SANDOVAL IV THErero and Aguilar as the only survivors of the castaways in Yucatan. Spanish chronicles speak of Guer another But there was Pedro de Sandoval. for he was put to the most menial tasks and But scantily fed and poorly housed. of those who had been allotted to the chief. a distant rel ative of that companion of Cortes whose in the history of the Conquest of Mexico. and in the distribution name has become famous of the captives he had fallen to the portion of the Indian who had first discovered the His fate was harder than that Spaniards. At last he fell ill of 21 was . two his of years he nearly during captivity acquired a thorough knowledge of the lan guage of the country.
and a free life. with nuts and wild fruits and abundant stole forth He game. comrades perishing around him. taking nothing with him that he had not brought into the world. he too was dead. to provide for the necessities of . however. that Sandoval. like the others seen. he was able. seemed better than the bondage from which he had fled. and fash ioning rude arrows from the straight twigs and sharp stones in his path. The fact seeing his rather tivity. had been insecurely Indians fas tened and the about him were from the village un observed. Making himself a primitive bow from the saplings and tendrils of the forest. his wrists when asleep. The joy of youth had come to him with returning health (for the fever had passed away). yet even thus. his had resolved to take chances in the forest than bear longer a hopeless cap An opportunity occurred one night. and the mound was shown under which he had been buried. even with the deer and wild-cat. was who had perished from disease and hardship.22 a fever. was. Maya when one morning it that and so miserable was his condition he was no longer said that. happy in his liberty.
a little way ahead of last. At the time of his escape the rainy season was just The pools which he encountered in over. He wandered for days and found not a drop to quench his intolerable thirst. avoiding all pathways and If signs of human habitation.Sandoval nature. blood. greater others. have had a comrade in his wild life he could he would than all have been content ! One peril. a life. he saw. 23 dangers in There were misery ? many such but what slavish was danger by the side of He wandered aimlessly all from day to day. for hours a tangled labyrinth in the end it for he was to lose only unskilled in tracing foot-prints in the wil derness. faint on one broiling day. its and with mad its eagerness drank He flesh untasted. however. would thread gling. . and at last they were wholly dry. He killed a deer. the forests became rarer and shallower. through the dense undergrowth. At . while strug from thirst. leaving tried to follow the tracks of the wild beasts on their way crossed each other but they everywhere. more deadly than jaguar or reptile now beset him the lack of water. and he to water.
e. he found that regular it was simply dome. restoration sparkling a hundred feet in flame. On . in which fish ing to and fro. their sockets. seemingly as inaccessible as the . refuge water. He leaned over the edge. which proved to be the mouth of a huge cavern. were dart That sight was more maddening to him than the cup _of_ Tantalus. indeed. a pool of light-green water. he found a great perhaps a hundred feet across and On nearly circular in shape. the top of an ir impossible to scale or to one side. clear. and far below he saw plainly by the light of the vertical sun in streaming into the abyss.24 him. descend. Maya what seemed a small opening in the woods. wells of his native city across the sea for as he skirted the margin of the opening. still larger dimensions. his and yet there the from heat shelter. vines. His his parched his tongue Was hariging^from eyes were bursting from brain mouth. reaching it. was whirling was a cool below him. that yawned beneath him. with bespangled bright tropical flowers the mouth of the cavern and over crept in matted masses down from the hung but reach the their extreme below edge.
and if he did. he might con struct a natural rope for his descent. The sight of the tendrils that hung from the opening gave him the thought that he might find neighbourhood with which the pool below. After some hours he had spliced several of these vines together in such a way that possible to reach the bottom. He saw many circling the trees around him. that stood near. and there was great danger . to disentangle them. long enough for his purpose. he saw the lower end of his rope trailing in the water below and frightening away the fishes But he that were swimming where it fell. But his great need lent wings to his in vention.Sandoval 25 gap was so great that he could not leap into the shining water. hoping that by connecting three or four. the others to in reach vines en but none He began. it seemed Winding one of them around the trunk of a tree and throwing the others over the edge of the orifice. had not been able to join the vines secure ly by the thin withes he had gathered for that purpose. however. how could he ever climb again those arching walls of rock ? A living death would be the price of his short-lived enjoyment.
if his rope would but hold together. made a long. that he could climb again to the mouth of the cave. deep slumber. and fell into a So. Thereupon he let go his frail ladder and plunged into the pool. . need was so great that he resolved the trial. and in a few minutes he felt the cool water about his ankles. or that its sections might fall apart Still after his he had reached the bottom. wearied with his long efforts. What lie joy to fill swim in its liquid depths. hand over hand.26 Maya that the rope might break somewhere In his descent. he rough bed of some grass and weeds that grew on a scanty patch of earth close to the edge of the water. to make Swinging himself from the margin. to drink his in from the ! clear waters. The vines were twisted and gnarled and would furnish in many places an ex cellent foothold where he could rest in his ascent. he climbed down. to calm repose upon the broad ledge of rock around its border He had no doubt.
and ever. there seemed to be a slight current coming from some source still deeper in the entrails 27 . It when he was lay down beside plain then that he had He began now at outslept the night.CHAPTER V THE SENOTE ". it seemed as if even from that toward which they had been creeping the pool. but he no ticed that the shadows lay in the opposite direction WHEN he awoke. pool in the dome above him was middle occupying scarcely as much space as It was. hundred two was perhaps yards long and the half as than more wide. The his leisure to inspect surroundings. although no stream could be seen flowing into it or out of it. how the shelving rocks around it. of great depth. ing were coming on. irregular and some of the cave The bottom what oblong.
and green colour was evidently due. swayed this way and that by a light breeze which seemed. not merely to the way in which the light through the opening above was reflected by the limestone walls. to blow from one side of the cavern toward the opening above. for the leaves of the vines would sometimes curl upward as if pressed from below. morning appetite. and above these there were light clouds chasing each other swiftly across the deep blue of the sky. But when he examined more narrowly his rope of The vines. After another deep draught from the waters of the pool and another plunge into its for a sharp cool depths.28 of the earth. The rope by which he had descended was still dangling above the pool. but also to some The matted peculiar qualities of its own. A few palms and cacti leaned over the edge. constant swaying had gradually uncoiled . had followed his long slumber. he made a dreadful discovery. its Maya faint The water was very clear. in rich festoons sparkling with wild flowers. he thought. which there was no means of satisfying in the cavern. vines. Sandoval prepared to ascend. hung down from the orifice.
sinking deep into the pool below. for then at least the last pang would soon have been over and there would have been com panionship alone. realised. the bait wherewith to prey ? them his make He walked again and . Perhaps it would still He must act quickly if bear his weight. But where was the which net. the hook. Struggling to the surface. he sat the to down on a prey His fate bank breathless and despairing. as was soon at all. and it seemed though the lowest section of the rope to fall. seemed even more terrible now than when he had stood in expectation of sacrifice. but before he reached the critical fastening. he began to climb with great activity. the gloomiest forebodings. his worst fears were The sections parted and he fell. to in suffering. But thus to die undergo the prolonged agony of starvation the thought of it stifled and choked him. Perhaps he could fashion from the contents of the cavern some im plement to catch those beautiful creatures swam and sported in the lusty joy of life before his eyes. Seizing the vine as it swung near the edge of the water.The Senote 29 and loosened the fastening of the nearest link of his precious chain.
Suddenly he noticed on the ground a track. worn into a path.30 Maya again around his prison searching everywhere. Then another hope toyed with his suffer Whence came that soft wind which blew toward the entrance of his prison house ? There must be some other way to the outside world. Here then was the hope of rescue. He found indeed that the pathway led behind a rock so much like the walls of the cavern that the opening could not be seen until he was but a few steps away. he plunged into the darkness. curving where the as rock if it seemed had been smoother than elsewhere. but there was no succour. per haps by wild beasts upon their way to water. He tracked the source ings. of the breeze to a long on one side of the cave. Without knowing what was before him. Let him follow the track and he might dis cover the door of his prison. he walked upon a still narrower ledge at the side of a deep chasm. perhaps by men. there the rocks But the cleft was not wider than the breadth of a hand cleft in was no egress there. On his left was a jagged wall and . Emerging from a narrow passage.
He betook to this place of refuge himself at once and there waited. wall .The Senote 3 1 on his right he could hear the gurgling of water far below him. however. voluntarily he turned back and in a few open moments cavern. Anywhere upon the way a panther might meet him. . or some human being more of the forest. yet swiftly. feeling with his feet for the smooth path in the rock which was always distinguishable from the rougher surface on either side. He made He had seemed voices. pitiless than the beasts Yet what were such dan gers by the side of the terrible fate from which he fled ? his way cautiously. there a little promontory of rock some two and deep feet high projected into the pool offered shelter. had again reached the Here he began to look hurriedly for some there was none save place of concealment at the farther end close to the limestone . to not gone far. The water was quite at that point. when he hear the confused sound of in the dis In and then there appeared tance the glimmer of a flickering light. and if he kept his body submerged the small jutting ledge would hide his face.
each with a water jar upon her shoulder all but one. he saw. 32 . was free from any burden. which everywhere else upon s footstool brings comfort and delight God to him who hears it.CHAPTER VI THE WATER CARRIERS confused murmur . was the prelude to those horrible religious rites in which his It own part was the doom seemed to him. and peering through a crack in the limestone. entering the cavern at the opposite side. But music. that these voices were softer than the harsh of sacrifice. tones of the priests at the dreadful orgies he once had witnessed. however. more richly apparelled than rest. ajjle^of-4n4Jan maidens. was laden with stern For music forebodings to the castaway. for the damsel who the led them. of voices was THEheard again a then it broke forth into low song.
part of it was wound around their heads with flowers and small while another part hung in bright feathers. down upon the flat rock to They had also brought with them and cakes of corn which they dis tributed and began to eat. and loose sleeveless tunics covering the waist. city in the its neighbourhood a part at least of of drinking water. the .The Water common Carriers 33 The others were arrayed to the unmarried in the clothing women of the short white skirts em higher classes broidered at the lower edge. They all talked at once and so confused was the chatter that Sandoval could under little stand but of what they said. down backs. It was clear now that this pool was one of the ". then they sat talk. they filled the and vessels and set them close to the margin . But he noticed that they addressed their remarks chiefly to the tallest of their number. they splashed their feet in the clear water.senptes which furnished to some fruit ". and that these supply had come to perform their morning girls task of fetching the water to their homes. Their heavy black hair was combed in tresses a . braids their long They car decorated ried their jars to the pool.
A god! Some dreadful god!". sitting near. but he observed that the maiden to whom they talked listened gravely and spoke but little. tried the trinket. ceived. ". and that there was something said about There was a coming marriage festival. pursued by her companion. a grotesque figure curiously moulded in clay. to seize her treasure. and recoiling in terror. point she per the bearded face of the stranger. and ran head- . while the rest watched them with much laughter and many exclamations. much laughter in their girlish prattle. she screamed. who at last plunged into the water to save midst. They flew around the margin of the pool and were coming dangerously near the The place where Sandoval was hidden. and the first sprang quickly to her feet and shot off like an arrow. second girl rapidly overtook the fugitive. From this just in front of her.34 Maya maiden who had first entered the cavern. which she showed to the tall damsel who sat in their Another maiden. she climbed back to the rocks. They had not finished their repast when one of them produced from the folds of her dress a trinket.
Sandoval perceived that one No. who hast been in the worship of a God of love. To confront their superhuman power needed more courage than to meet the foe in battle. 35 then long to the entrance of the cave seizing one of the lighted fagots left there the maidens entered the arched chamber. and soon the great dome was empty. hungry all for human flesh . Maya gods were of a sterner race they were solemn avengers pitiless tyrants they thirsted for man s blood they were . not all had remained the tall maiden. Why should she fear the gods harmed them. . All had disappeared. they inflicted the sufferings of earth they presided over the torments of hell. The others were close upon her heels. She had ? She had not laid constantly upon their altars her offerings of fruits and . the cry of terror at the sight of a deity may seem But many of the strange and unnatural.The Water Carriers . when was looking quietly and the corner of the cavern gravely toward from which had trained come the startling apparition. the mis tress of the band. Yet the Maya girl was undaunted. To thee. had risen to her feet and . O reader. she vanished.
". ". that among the mingled emotions that possessed him. He had not even a girdle of leaves. . for there was no tree at hand. snatch a bough from some tree near by ere he should supplicate his Nausicaa. like Ulysses. Concealment was no longer possible. why should she fear any For she was the daughter of the until the strange So she waited god should appear.Come forth. shame was uppermost. and he rose and stood before her. and he could not. Sandoval came out from his hiding-place. and emerged partially from the water in front of the maiden.36 flowers. and to the credit of his Christian breeding be it said. Maya ? thing king. For he was quite devoid of those ornaments with which young men are wont to bedeck themselves when they first appear before ladies of beauty and rank. He could show his modesty by nothing but a blush. holding out his hand cation. and he blushed to the roots of his hair. Nay. in suppli she said. Reader. preparation for He had this naturally made no unexpected meeting. I blush to tell thee how he looked. He swam across the pool.
and strangest his full curling beard and his blue eyes as these things made him appear to her no mere man. where was the which the gods always wore ? plumage What was the meaning of the unhealed wounds. he was a god. but as a being of quite another kind. Perhaps the blush which his countenance was a mark overspread of his anger that she had dared thus to confront a deity. why the traces of the thorns and insects which had tormented him Could the gods be thus defiled ? he had indeed this he had kept his shoulder with a over constantly slung ? A bow . but quite unlike that of her of all all own people. was indeed such as she had never seen. however. waving above a broad fore stood before her head. But he His who a strange being. clothing is rather an ornament than a necessity. of marks that looked like the But if scars of a lash. his light skin. To those who thought. fair hair.The Water His unclad condition in Carriers 37 was not. his ruddy face. it the maiden s is not to be expected that its absence should call for special observation. browned indeed by exposure to the sun. with the men at least. live where.
38 Maya few arrows. for it was his one means of food during his sojourn in the procuring It was but such a bow wilderness ! merely a tendrils. rough sapling fastened by long Her own maidens could make a better one. Would ? a god hunt with such an implement .
but high and thoughtful. unconscious fearlessness. were bound around a shapely head and combed over that a brow. as the night. Her complexion.CHAPTER VII THE FIRST ENCOUNTER the heart of the with wonder WHILE girl was filled at the form and face of him who stood before her. the eyes of the wanderer rested upon a vision which was never to pass away from the recollec tions of his Her long black tresses life. Of her face all he saw were two great luminous eyes. She was tall in deed when gauged by the standard of her people.".dark stars. yet shining like the which gazed on him with calm. ". yet only of middle stature if meas ured by our own. was very light when compared 39 with the . not broad indeed. though darker than that of the Caucasian.
was deco rated in the same manner. of perfect grace and symmetry. Her form was slender. her wrists and ankles. not . folded around her waist. whose changing hues glowed sunset. details Sandoval did not of course examine these with critical eye he only saw the rich . beauty of the her fore girl and of her garments and stood be stately presence. which were ders left bare. for she him. like the clouds of Sandals of deerskin wrought with iridescent feather-work covered her tiny feet. both around the bottom and about her neck and arms. Her skirt. falling to her knees. which served as a light shawl in the day time and as a covering while she slept at There were bracelets of gold upon night. while a short tunic. one foot slightly advanced. fell to her ankles.40 Maya swarthy colour of the men of her race. At the lower edge it was delicately embroid ered in small geometric forms. and around her throat a necklace studded with opals. Over her shoul of hung a mantle many colours. and in the loose garments which hung about her in full folds she would have been no unworthy model for a sculptor s chisel.
and pick ing from the ground a morsel of earth. and in its a Then countenance. plainest way derer. he brought it to his heart in token of sub No god ". choking accents. ! mission. not quite able to she asked him. hungry. directest and to knowledge. whether strange appearance devil. ".. change came slowly over her The look of dignity with which she had dared to meet even the frown of a deity was gone. with no friends a stranger. guess from his he were god. Bending. Pity me And he sank upon his knees. place a smile of compassion stole over her features. but still a of her royalty. she raised our hero from the . unconscious queen Meanwhile she gazed upon the wan erect. Art thou the god of this senote or of it the stream that feeds ? Who art thou ?". after the manner of the men of her own race.The haughty but majesty the First Encounter 41 looking in her virgin queen she was. only a man poor. so broken that she could hardly understand in The answer came : them ". In her she chose the or doubt man.
For three moons we \ journeyed.is I I bright waters. .My country. she did passion all this that (strange conquest of a wells unquenchably in wo man / s breast) without asking ! question repast she sat full \ I But him a single when he had eaten the beside him. they address a granger). ". with many comrades in a boat with wings \ borne by the wind. ( Of what country art thou ? Why hast thou come to a land where thou hast no friends ? What has befallen thee ? / he answered. led him to a low ledge of rock and bade him sit. came across the sea where the sun rises. we tarried for a time. while (since real pity is always practical) she gathered the rem nants of the breakfast which had been left by her companions in their flight and And set them on the rock beside him.42 Maya ground. and looking (for S into his face she was unlike the maidens of her race she asked who cast their eyes upon the ground when : ". till we reached an island where Here there are towns built by my people. far ". and then set forth again sailing toward the noonday over the ".". until we came to a new land where there was much toil and suffering.
". thy knowest the rest And he sank to the ground and slave. Thou behold me here.". but on drove us upon your Five of my companions were sac the rest fled. rificed. taking his hand she led him forth through the narrow entrance.I hem of her garment. The torches And had been carried off by the maidens in their flight so the two groped their way together She knew the path.Come with me. At last a faint line of light greeted their eyes they came forth into a broad chamber a and with low doorway leading to the upper world.The At last First Encounter 43 our chief sent me with others back to the island to bring the way a cruel storm shores. through the darkness. I but and wandered perished. him succour. Thirsting unto death. We were seized Others again and held in hard captivity. ". will help she said in a quiet voice. There are the broken vines by which reached it. escaped through the forest. At the side of this entrance there was a .". but they crept cautiously. I climbed down to this cave. kissed the ". thee. and at one place they crossed a bridge of logs over a narrow gorge. for there were sharp precipices and deep gulfs and rocky steps. I .
". ". mantle from her shoulders she wrapped it around him then adding. . she disappeared through the thick palmettos and lofty cacti which bordered the winding path outside ".44 Maya deep recess where one might well be hidden from observation.".I . the entrance of the cave. will soon come back to thee.Rest she said. and taking the here.
while great num bers of air-plants. deeply absorbed in thought. graceful its the majestic ceiba. The rainy season was just over and the foliage was still green above the dense growth of copse and thicket arose multitudes of THEto . She had promised to succour the stranger 45 The . a labyrinth of interlacing vines.CHAPTER VIII MEDITATION grove through which she returned the king s palace lay in a valley between two low ranges of hills. countless wild flowers. great cacti of many varieties and vast dimensions some taller than the trees themselves confusion added to the and oppressive luxuriance of the jungle. princess walked slowly along the winding path. elephant s skin. spread its innumerable branches high and wide. with palms huge trunk covered with bark like an .
she did not harbour a doubt whether the end would justify the means. Besides. her father. the poisoned counsel to save him even by deceit ? Nay. his fate .46 and But this she Maya would do at whatever sacrifice. If she went to him alone her absence would be noted and must how ? be explained. but forthwith devised a most Jesuitical plan for his salvation. was diligent and punctual in fulfilling his obligations to the gods. but he could not stay there forever. . with the blue eyes of one victim looking helplessly to her for succour? What magic was ear that it which poured into an had never hearkened to suggestions of craft or cunning. poor What then was there fill in this wan derer that should apprehensions to her ? her heart with painful What was it that brought mind as never before the horrors of human sacrifice. with fear at the thought of She shuddered such a doom. how could the king s daughter bear. food to him with her own ? And what servant or com could she trust with her secret ? panion But if he came forth from the cavern and hands the men of the city should find him. She might keep him for a time in the depths of the senote. would be certain death for the king.
the stranger had been taken
god gave her the clew. She would keep him in the cave till he was sound and strong, bringing to him all he might need in order to come before her people in the Then he should seek likeness of a god. her hand in marriage, and she would be the bride of the new deity. After that what harm could befall him ? Yet what of Canek, the lord of PetenItza ?
of that powerful alliance be her father s cherished
? She put the thought from her, yet returned with steady persistence.
story to the early life of the princess and the history of her people.
must now go back
The traditions of Yucatan tell us of vari ous migrations into the peninsula. The first of these Genial or the little descent they called it was from the east across the
water, perhaps from Cuba or some neigh bouring island, and the legend is that as the people came, their god opened for them twelve pathways through the sea. A long time afterwards there followed another mi
Nohenial, gration from the south-west the great descent," it was called.
hero-king wasZamna, the
in the hieratic
and lawgiver, who brought writing and taught the people
the art of medicine.
to the things
not in but to the bays,
deed to beasts and
straits, the capes, the senotes, and the He was the leader of the Itzas and towns. he laid the foundations of Itzamal, where even to-day his colossal face may be seen
at the side of a lofty also established the city of
The religion he taught was The sun and stars simple an_d^ gracious. were objects of adoration and human sac rifices were unknown. _After he died he
as a deitv
came from the
west another hero, Kukulcan,
He came bare-headed with
nineteen bearded followers, and led a he ruled First marvellous purity.
the nobles called him to
kingdom and invited him to Mayapan,* "the Maya Banner," which now became the capital of the land. Kukulcan moved thither and reigned pros perously for ten years, at the end of which
city so called
from the national standard of richly
wrought feather-work which was kept there, the city thus becoming the rallying point of the entire confederacy.
he gave up the crown and taking the road to the coast, followed by a few disciples, he embarked and nothing more wjas ever
heard of him.
his place the gods. These were the heroic days of the race, so far back among the mists of time that
Then he too took
no man can say how much of the legend historic and how much is mythological.
The people chose his successor from the family of the Cocomes, great lords of Yu catan, who thus established an illustrious
native document, thought to be reli tells us that in one of the earlier Christian
centuries of the
another migration from the south, led by the Tutul Xius, a race of warlike kings who, after many wanderings, established their capital not far from Mayapan and
* The seven sovereigns
successively reigned after
him continued to give the country an excellent govern ment, and tradition tells of the blessings which they conferred upon their subjects and the monuments which
old palaces, temples, schools, hospitals for the
firm, retreats for
widows and orphans,
such were the
halting places of the Cocomes to
near the southern
slope of a low sierra, across the peninsula from
east to west. This city they called Uxmal, and they embellished it with stately palaces and temples. For a long time there was a triple con
Mayapan, which the
But leadership was accorded to Mayapan. the Cocome kings became proud and oppressive*; serious dissensions arose
people and squandered it in luxuries and in gifts to Then followed Aban, who added to his favourites.
name the august title of Kinehahau, Child of the Sun." Aban moved with his court to Kimpech (now Campeche) upon the seaboard, and put himself in com
munication with the princes of Xicalanca, in Mexico, asking them to furnish him with armed troops, so that
his people. They made haste to serve the Ahtepal (or king) by sending him several or legions, each of eight thousand Xiquipils These men belonged men, well armed and disciplined.
he could silence the murmurs of
to the Nahuatl race,
who were accustomed
through the peninsula.
by reducing them to slavery/~~This was the first time that a Maya prince had dared to strike at the liberty of his subjects, who had never known slavery
Hunac Ceel. the kings of Chichen and Uxmal remonstrated and prevented the Ahtepal from pursuing upon their own domains the Mayas who had tyranny. but the complaints were renewed fell against his successor. became the masters of the country. . there sought a refuge against his At last Aban died.52 Maya Uxmal to within the capital. and Hunac Ceel opportunity. all places and thought themselves happy if they did not fall victims to the plots of the tyrant. for when Aban. The people lost their affection for the Cocomes and turned their eyes upon the neighbouring Tutul Xius. resolved upon vengeance. He convoked an assembly of the higher vassals of the crown. in who into the same lanca excesses. and the lords of now saw before. Ulmil. At last they sought the aid of the kings of Chichen-Itza and Uxmal. He brought new troops from Xica- he punished with rigour all whom he suspected of complaining. imploring deliverance. . a thing unheard of up to that time. that the moment had come it and who considered more dreadful than death. with his foreign troops. and they now won the love of the people of Mayapan. and obtained from this tribunal a decree for the deposition of the lord of Chichen-Itza. the foreign soldiers at last He loaded his subjects gave him his with new taxes. and he gave his subjects no other choice than revolt or abject servitude. the successor of the deposed prince. had begun to reduce his vassals to slavery. and the Maya lords were excluded from the dynasty of the Cocomes was overthrown. These princes had always been mindful of the welfare of their subjects.
After a bloody battle Mayapan was taken. he set free the greater part of those who had been reduced to bondage he attempted . But there among the children of the last of the his Cocomes was one who by escaped the massacre. he restored the rooting the abuses of the last Cocomes exiles to their homes . became the mortal enemies of the dynasty. confirmed in the title of supreme monarch.* During a long period which followed. Fire as he was called) was too magnanimous to visit upon this prince the crimes of his ancestors. a * usurper. and a Tutul Xiu was. he also gave him as an appan But in thus perpetuating age the province of Zotuta. He not (". the Tutul Xius nourished in the heart of their and the lords of Zotuta afterwards kingdom the hatred of a fallen race. obtained pos- The monarch of Uxmal now devoted himself to up . Ahcunal. but in the it had taken such root . But after an era of pros perity. he and his successors dwelt in Uxmal in more than regal state. land that his efforts were ineffectual he protected the foreign mercenaries escaped the massacre of Mayapan. by the choice of the nobility. .History 53 seize the sceptre of the kingdom. These generous acts strengthened who had the throne of Uxmal. and assigned to them a province south of the mountains of Mani. ". the family of the Cocomes. absence from the city had The new king The Face of only suffered him to live. the king and the royal household were put to death. to abolish slavery altogether.
He was driven from Mayapan and pursued from one province to another. Great disorders followed. and the monarchs reigned for a time in great splendour at the ancient capital. and when he was overthrown and the Tutul Xius were again restored to power. the rebel chiefs gave to the flames the great city which had been the centre of his dominion and the scene of their own vassalage. the people of the city determined to abandon their own capital and to betake themselves to Mayapan. to contend furiously with one Xiu. was followed by a series of disasters. One winter night there was a terrible hurricane It which swept away the forests and fHe . The downfall of the kingdom took place about the middle of the fifteenth century. They accordingly migrated thither. became the Ah victim of a plot among his vassal lords. and the kingdom was divided into little princi palities whose mutual hates and jealousies accomplished the ruin of the Maya race.54 session of Maya the throne. But it was not long until various factions again began another. the reigning sovereign of the king who dwelt in (grandfather time Mani at the of our story).
_exi]ed[ sovereign and a faint echo of the solemn worship and imperial magnificence of Uxmal and Mayapan was still preserved. It is past. reigned and now Ahpula. In one of the provinces. a pestilence. for the old empire had departed ".History crops and killed great multitudes of beings. 55 human Ocna Then. Ahpula had no son to be the heir of the kingdom. They named it Mani. One boy had been born to him. The successor of Ah Xiu over Mani for more than forty years.". but the child had not outlived his nursing. and it is said that in one great battle between the contending factions there perished a hundred and fifty thousand men. his only male descendant. Sudde~rT~Death. and although the king had made many sac- . and the threads of life had to be taken up anew. a new city had been built by those who remained faithfuLto-4he-k4ng. Then there were sixteen years of waj^among the tribes. had been for ten years upon the throne. however. Here a palace and temple had been erected for the. so dreadful birds of prey came into the houses and devoured the corpses which lay unburied. after fifteen prosperous the years. there Kuchil or that was ".
set for the Lila when in front of her father s wedding. and she re turned his love. and the day had been before the festival. another lord.* * The story of the origin of this city is lit by the flame of romance. for Chanbel and his friends fought des perately. for whom she cared not.56 rifices Maya and prayers to Maya was now queens. who ruled in the island He was a prince. yet his daughter the only living offspring of his union with the wisest and best of Often indeed Ahpula had been away a consort so unfruitful. suddenly. for she had been the love of his youth. who came forth for a moment from the thick copse to tell her that on the morrow he would come and save her. He was enamoured of a noble maiden. she saw the face of Canek. Another Canek. And sure enough in the midst of the festival. The evening was walking in the garden palace.". inherit Hence came the offer of Canek. had been one of the lords of Chichen-Itza. Ixchel. but he would not part from her. however. a great cry arose and Canek and his warriors entered and seized the maiden to bear her away. but Canek had his will and Lila became his . first of the name. the lord of Peten-Itza. Should Maya urged to put have a son. but her hand had been promised by her father to Chanbel. while the gar lands were twined around the stone pillars of the temple and music resounded and the tables were spread for the banquet. Great was the tumult. and bemoaning the fate which was to part her from the man she loved. that son might the throne. Lila. u the dewdrop. crafty city of Tayasal. at the foot of the terrace.
become the bride of stranger Then Chanbel collected the warriors wife. the fair ". and among the peo ple of Mani. The lord of Peten-Itza. was be. But the choice of a husband which the king had made for her was little to the liking of his daughter. ruler for worth his his lord. against the 53 with fat had he wedded. Peten-Itza.". it was and ugly. and there was a long strife between the rivals ! of his tribe until Canek retreated and journeyed southward till he came to a great lake and established Tayasal. while to acknowledge Ahpula as So the marriage of Maya to Canek all was deemed by self a except the princess her most desirable event. but each time his wife had died without offspring. and there was no who had often led wild forays men of the north and returned Twice spoils from many a battle. where he dwelt in safety with . anew city on the island of his bride. How much better would it old ". with whom he had often been at war.History and warlike. thought Maya.to ". As the husband of Maya he would become the father of a royal line as well as life upon the death of the present Such a prospect made it well sovereign. Then it was that he heir to his dominions. said. he had the reputation of great cruelty. sought the hand of the daughter of the Tutul Xius.
the office of or chief of the vestals of the Sun. and even to the great Ixazalvoh. women filled of her race. it whose duty fire in was to keep alive the sacred the temple of that deity. More Ixnacan over she had Katun. not of royal blood . who had taught Ixchel. mother of the gods. This sacred sisterhood had been estab lished in early days by 58 and no one who was a princess of Uxmal. the womankind the art of weaving. as well as to take part in other religious ceremonies to make sacrifices of fruits and flowers to goddess of healing. to Ixchebelyax. the goddess of painting and em broidery.CHAPTER X MAYA the royal S SCHEME SINCE through many things held from the line was to descend Maya had been taught which were commonly with her.". ".
the first chief of the vestals. and invoked the blessings of the gods upon her beautiful face as she passed beam. she went forth with her maidens (despite the remonstrances of the queenmother and once even against the com mand sufferers of the king himself) to bring to the what relief she could. The honour was great one. Maya had been carefully trained for her sacred dignity by the high-priest.Maya s Scheme could be its 59 a very chief. and often when she learned of sickness or sorrow in the city. had become so eminent for her virtues that after her death her name was written among those of the gods. the symbolic writing in troduced by Zamna. together . who called her ". in which were written the ancient manuscripts that recorded the history of her race. and she had been taught the use of the hieratic characters. to dwell in For she resolutely refused the seclusion of the palace. not only by her kindred and the vestals and maidens of her train. Zahuy Kak.". her un cle. The princess was deeply beloved. and the rank was considered equal Indeed to the higher orders of priesthood. among them. but by the people of The Morning Sun Mani.
writing. changing his serpent form to often appeared great that of a as a mighty king. for they fluttered around her as she walked. had not the . Such was the girl of sixteen summers whom her father had named after the race which his ancestors ruled during many gen fallen erations. all for the sake of one forlorn wanderer whom she pitied and loved. Kukulkan had come among them. The Zamna had given them their laws and taught them the arts of medicine.is the And this was the hope of my people. while he reigned over them Moreover. man.". Even the birds in the palace gardens seemed to love her. perch ing upon her shoulders while they were fed from her hand. To Maya s eager fancy. he said. and astronomy.". ". maiden who for the first time in her life was now secretly nursing a scheme of guile so daring that it might well wreck the future of the kingdom. she knew that the gods had among her people.60 Maya with words of kindness such as might have from paradise. Hav ing been taught the history and mythology of her race.for in her. ". the plan which she had devised for the rescue of the fairhaired stranger did not seem difficult.
God will appear on the .The the very as she had learned signal of words of the prophecy them by heart. is and the word Balam. a certain class of priests.". ? for For many years him. however. heights and the cross with which the world was enlightened will be shown. .Maya books s Scheme 61 of Chilan-Balam. is true she could was near enough. that it is a generic name. chronology. The name word Chilan in the Maya tongue means mouth-piece. originally applied to tiger. already foretold that a god should come from the across the waters had been waiting they East. She re membered ". Re ceive your bearded guests from the East. These books are specially distinguished by the name of the village or city in which they were composed. for the * Chilan-Balam was the When men for a are looking accomplishment of a prophecy there long time considered to be Dr. that the books of Chilan-Balam are books of prophecy containing also dissertations on astrology.". Brinton has of a particular prophet. yet this case. who bring the signal of the God that comes to us in mercy and pity. and medicine. ". . and that one was to be the god himself. These words seemed to her to It fit the produce only one bearded stranger from the East.* containing the prophecies of their greatest seers. . shown.
! ! ! . poor child.62 is Maya isfy A / / - no need of a very literal fulfilment to sat them. why she did not fear the other gods. Thou ceit. But need I ex plain to one who knows that love is blind. the maiden who had seen him behind the rock would know him. would surely avenge their outraged dignity and inflict some terrible punishment on the maid who thus imposed a counterfeit | upon their worshippers. that she fancied they would look with pity on such a charitable fraud nay it might be they would not even learn of her wicked ness ? The gods know very much but surely not all Besides. she was unless men tell them things the king s daughter and to her? ! what would they do ". the number was even The had consented She was safe goddess So she dreamed. Moreover. wilt ask. and Maya herself would bring him forth from his hiding-place. and foresaw not the dark plots that gods and men would soon be weaving for her ruin. held forth a handful of maize to The Fire Maiden ". she Zahuy Kak and asked whether to save a life she might not tell this little harm less lie ? And when she counted the grains of maize lo. knowing the de- / . reader. The god was here. who.
This reservoir supplied the animals on the royal during the domain and provided time of drouth. and deer sprang up at her approach and still WHEN we last saw our the heroine she was gathered about her. In the ficial lake or aguada. She now entered the enclosure of the royal gardens which were on the slope of a hill at some distance from the town. There were birds of brilliant plumage in the trees. midst of the garden was an arti paved with stones se curely cemented at the bottom and filled during the rainy season by means of sluices dug around the sides of the hill.CHAPTER XI MAYA AND HER MAIDENS upon pathway be tween the senote and the king s palace. seeking food at her hands. Its irrigation water was unwhole63 .
and hence the senote from which Maya had just come had been set apart for the use of the king s household. ". ". the morning with their and amazement they had returned and were waiting in trembling in In terror anxiety near the aguada. and had fled alone. it was well that you fled.Was he indeed a god? Didst thou speak with him ? Did he harm thee ? What did he say ? she answered. however. ". though he harmed me not. But he promised me that if would come again to worship him he would grant us I many bees.". were proud to call themselves servants of the king s daughter) had gone forth jars. for you are so timid that his look might have stricken you with blindness.64 some and Maya unfit to drink.he is a god. ". enter the palace with the They dared not news that they and left their mistress in the cave and it was with unspeakable delight that they saw her emerging from the wood. It was to fetch the day s supply that the maidens (who. thou art safe and How didst thou escape ? well. ". ". blessings plentiful rain. Thanks be to Ixchel. nay.Yes. and game. when . ". children too. crops. although of noble blood. ".
they ventured to enter the cavern. . until he shall bid me bring Tell no one what you have seen. and they willingly con and they sented. for they loved her father feared the punishment. But you must stay outside the cavern and I must meet him always alone. So she spoke. He was the fairest of the gods. and kind and gentle. When meet him you must go with me and we will bring him all a god may need food and flow ers and bright raiment. though they besought her to stay close be side them for their fear was very great. assured them that the god was no longer there.Maya and her Maidens 65 husbands claim our hands. And when I said that would come to him again with flowers and birds for sacrifice. he smiled on me. and then before my eyes he rose from the deep pool and floated away in the I thin air through the cave s mouth up next I to the clouds of heaven. Reaching the pool. they refilled the ves sels with fresh water. for you. Then Maya bade them return with her at once to the senote for the water jars which Since she had they had left in their flight. bitter will be your punishment should my know that you forsook me.".
bright plumes. . for they fear that my them for leaving me by the pool alone. I This evening. dark recess where she had left him. therefore. And when thy wounds are healed and thou art fair again. will bring fresh apparel. she said. ". and shall broidered robes. and indeed a and blue eyes like god with bright locks thine has long been So I looked thee for by my people. so they set down their jars It and waited for her.". they observed that their mistress remained behind. for they are skilled in They will not betray fashioning garments. and I will bring thee cakes and wine and deer s meat. My maidens.66 Maya they had When into come forth once more the grove. father will pun thee. was some time before she appeared. pare them My maidens pre for thee. She had paused at the entrance of the cave to speak again to the stranger and tell him She found him hidden in the of her plan. them thou hadst risen to the clouds and ish I wouldst not return until this evening when would come and offer thee food and flow I ers for sacrifice.took thee for a god. told Nor do they know thy hiding-place. ". will visit thee again and they shall stay outside.
So she told him and how could she all all but one thing. Here they found that there had been great wonderment at their long absence and that some were about to go in quest of them. that ? tell him Surely he ought to guess it. and lead thee to the palace of my father (for he is king of Mani) and thou shalt be our god. So her brow was clouded and her face was sad when her she rejoined her companions. yet they saw from her countenance that it was not best to ask. Why Although they yearned to know why had lingered behind. ? had he not spoken ? Did he love She had seen the tears in his implor ing eyes when they met under the dome of the senote. and the doubt troubled her. kissed the left He kneeled and and thus she hem of her robe him.". Yet he spoke not. she while they talked together in the depths . They explained their that delay by saying they had not noticed. but these might be tears of She could not tell despair and suffering. and they walked on in silence to the palace.Maya and then will I her Maidens 67 clothe thee in a beautiful robe.
weaving. . and when they were put their daily tasks of spinning. how high the sun had risen in the sky.68 Maya of the senote. They were met with a reproof by the queen-mother at the foolishness of girls who spent the hours in chatter and to idleness. and embroidery they were admonished to make up for lost time by greater diligence.
of this festival. That was still three months away. the lord of Peten-Itza to of the daughter of the wedding robes and jewels and the damsels new who should attend the bride 69 of all the things .CHAPTER XII DREAMS AND DEVICES. the giant god of the cornfield. the highhad gone to the divining house on the summit of the teocallis and had there counted from the signs of heaven the day was told of the approaching festival to Chaac. and the time was short enough for the needful The queen spoke with her preparation. and to Zamna. but the Maya month was only twenty days. where she THEto priest that on the night before. Upon the occasion was come and claim her for his wife. princess attended her mother alone the queen s chamber. the founder of the race.
that at such a time are and the mother noticed that she had never before seen her child so compliant. Maya appeared to have few opinions of her own upon these weighty matters. how pitiful it seemed by the side of the great Mayapan. How small was her father s ! dignity to-day beside the glory of the past He was the ruler of only a single province. of the lord to whom she was betrothed. and though the city of Mani was of con siderable size.yo Maya most precious to s heart. but yielded without comment to woman every suggestion. seemed far Often indeed her mind was thinking perhaps She away. was to bring to her father s For ever since her childhood she had been devoted to the memory of the great line of kings from whom she was descended. and how small his palace of a score of chambers when compared with the stately dwellings of Uxmal There a whole city had stood ! within the sacred enclosure in the midst of the larger town and was devoted to the service of the king priests ! and his vassal lords and little Mani had always been considered . and of the new power and splendour which this union house.
the other chiefs would soon be brought into subjection. where the great palaces and temples remained. and the Tutal Xius would their ancient power. restoring these edifices to their early splendour. however. and the country round about had become a wilderness. and though Uxmal. 71 for a temporary sojourn But the Mayapan was wholly destroyed. who had always shown great zeal upon this subject. now listened without a word and gave not even an answering smile while reign again in all . She was surprised that her daughter. after she had spoken of the preparations for the wed ding. and had given certain instructions to her attendants. yet there were few who dwelt there. which had been abandoned long before. the earlier capital. empire. rebuild around them the city which had fallen into decay. that Many there were who thought. was still in a tolerable state of preservation.Dreams and Devices more than royal exile. and. fell to talking with her daughter of the re-establishment of the If Peten-Itza joined their cause. when the kingdom was re-established the people should betake themselves to Uxmal.mother. So the queen .
When realise she was alone. and he would be safe only while she was at his side. That evening she and her maidens went . the stranger had not asked her had not even spoken to become his bride to her of love. that her plan Maya began would be harder at first to to accomplish than she had supposed. but could she persuade him that this strange being was indeed a deity for he must forsake the most whom cherished project of his life ? Moreover. jection Her father was a reverent worshipper of the gods.72 the Maya before her eyes these mother held dreams of glory. rage and disappointment at the re of his suit would surely be very great. duties that would be of the supernatural required of him. The and lord of his Peten-Itza would soon come. man and She must be his spokes priestess. Then he would surely under stand and ask her hand. She would tell him this when next she saw him. fold to ? How then could she un part of her him this most necessary For she well knew that unless he plan became her husband he could not long keep He knew nothing his position as a deity.
Maya. and she and her maidens offered to fetch it. and gathered flowers upon their way to the cavern. and no one supply Yet more water was necessary. So she entered the cave. I will bring my offerings to I and when he has departed will come back to you. for she had craftily emptied some of the water jars. it. otherwise they will ask thee things thou canst not answer. ". for though do not understand will say is the language of the gods. said to ".Rest them . ". the god ".". but be sure and stay always at my side. and when soon thou shalt come with me to the pal ace.When they question thee.I have bi ought thee food.". the entrance. thine speak 1 al ways that it to I me in own tongue. and then we will go together and fill the jars. leaving the others out side.and in a few days I will bring thee raiment. for I must speak for thee. but when they reached could understand why the day s s had fallen so short of the day needs. she said. : here alone. They took with them fruit and game for a repast. the Spaniard stood before her. which . I will tell thee all thou must do.Dreams and Devices 73 again to the senote.
and although talked and he spoke they long together much of gratitude.Now.74 Maya thou hast taught me. ". not be safe for thee to be alone always be together.he surely speak. thou art. so with a heavy heart she returned to her companions and they all went to the pool and filled their jars. he uttered not one word of love.Whatever thou bid st me will do".". It will .". and I will interpret for thee in such a way that all shall be con tent. will be thy priestess and seer. I . And why indeed had he not spoken ? Her face had seemed to him the fairest he had ever seen. ".". But had she not told him she was a forlorn the daughter of the king ? should wanderer dare aspire to such a How if thou or were in his and were to behold such eyes and place worship them. ". But he merely answered. and the pity in her great dark eyes had filled his heart with unutter able love. for I 1 am skilled in know all the the learning of my people and secrets of our religion. lest they discover we must who will thought the maiden. no doubt . we should not hesitate to 1 pinnacle of glory ? Reader.
that none are never hopeless descend to the lowliest station and . and he was . that was by the Maya laws marriage was per mitted to the sisters of the temple. and though she seemed very young to be an abbess. though never safe. milkmaid or be she queen. was filled with despair. whose wings will dip sometimes into the lowliest valleys. For love is like a bird. So his heart silent. did He Moreover. may feel re awaken a passion need he deem that nor sponsive throb. 75 speak for we would know from what we have seen in this strange world that the as pirations of unspoken love. But the poor exile was young and inex understand the not perienced. though they may soar unwavering to the sun. Maya had told him that she the chief of a sacred sisterhood. the lover cannot know his fate until her lips or eyes have spoken it. sure that his will loftiest the Be she heights are inaccessible. yet this would forever bar the path For Sandoval did not know way to love.Dreams and Devices . of the caprices goddess.
He had floated. scattering them at will. he had leaped invisibly to earth and had walked among the people to learn of their he had sent them rain joys and sufferings and sunshine according to their needs he had destroyed the wicked and brought . of clouds great palaces when he was weary. within their shining chambers. 76 . Then.CHAPTER XIII PREPARATIONS their ON new in way homeward Maya told her maidens a beautiful fairy-story of the god. weaving together fact and fancy a strange bright chaos. and his home was near the sunrise far across the sea. . There he had built and had reclined. His name indeed was one she had never heard before. she said. down through the dome of the senote and had walked across the water to meet her and receive her offerings.
saw and wandering through the forest. then the would spread sunset. They were like him. that sped across the waters. 77 people of that land he had laboured long had grown wise and merciful. wrought by the sad wars which had swept over the peninsula. blue eyes. with beards. Then changing his form he would plunge beneath the waves and swim and play with the fishes and serpents of the deep betaking himself to his canoe he . he had bethought him of other regions where there was hunger and and where the tribes strove with one another in battle.Preparations happiness to the just until the . To . and had guided its course over the bounding waves. Sometimes he would rise to heaven like a gull. but he suffering could see nothing save the vast blue sea. So he had resolved to visit these strange lands and bring to them also joy and prosperity. and wav ing hair. fair skin. Then. when the land smiled with happi ness and peace. And he had made a great canoe with wings. its wings still westward toward for Thus he had journeyed until he spied the ruin at last the shores of the many moons Maya land.
the king should reign in peace land.But. prepare for him a flowing white robe of ". dear Zayi_(for thou art skilled in embroidery). else they will doubt my friendship. . Maya.".". for he knew that that often it the heart of a woman : opens most readily to the call for reconciliation. should be their dwelling-place. like the king ".". ". His plan was their this He would dwell with . and Uxmal. said finest texture. I may wear it when I go forth to meet him.do For this reason. he thou make for me a garment s. ". with precious (for stones.do thou. them as their counsellor wrath of the tribes . None may wear it but those of kingly race. wrought thou.Therefore.78 Maya bring the tribes together as of old in one strong bond. our royal bird. but is not a god greater than a king ? I will give thee a gold fillet .I ".". must come among your people as one of them. enemies he would still the he would unite over the capital. art and do Ytzatil thou apt in feather-work)^ fashion him a great crown of the plumage of the quetzal. he had now sought the king. their ancient said he. that added. Yet it seemed best to speak first with the king is s daughter .
His so stately and beautiful. entered alone with the bright apparel and bade the stranger array himself and come forth into the sun s light. telling them to wait in the thicket at a little dis tance from the cave. When in he appeared she looked upon him She had never dreamed astonishment. form. and sword from our armoury.". and I bracelets will seek a we a shall lead the new god to the palace like king. made her al most believe that he must indeed be the god into whom she would fashion him. and manly features. And had they willingly complied. So day by day the princess tended the stranger. And. for Maya them thus stilled their fears and it that great bringing a sellor of would be god their seemed honour to in to the city to be the coun Ahpula.Preparations to 79 which thou shall bind the feathers. until his wounds were healed. . IJ^Ldo thou bring me golden sandals and and a splendid necklace. his white skin. his ruddy cheeks. and Maya. his eyes like a reflection of the skies. At the end of a fortnight the maidens brought to the senote the new garments which they had prepared. that he tall was broad brow.
with the bright were the common decoration Indeed some of the greater gods were without these or naments and she well deemed that they colours that of the men of her race. might be omitted. since nature itself had so clearly stamped upon his features the image of divinity. wife.". She had begun to divine that despair was the If he would not reason for his silence. Un less she should become his wife her plans would fail and she would see him slain Still Sandoval spoke not of desire of her heart upon the teocallis as an impostor. And . for then all hope of succour would be gone. The love. that never before had trembled. she said ".8o Maya So fair was he that Maya saw no need of bedecking him on face and neck and arms. reluctant Yet now was the time. She must not ! delay until the lord of Peten-Itza came. So in a low voice. speak she must herself ask him to be her But if she should find him husband. as she had thought to do. was not fulfilled. The thought choked her.If I am to save thee : I must be thy she dared not look upon his face for the answer.
though she spoke not a word and none was asked her. they saw that her far-off eyes were radiant with joy. Her maidens waited long copse behind the first for her in the wondered why coming.Preparations 81 Then all at once from his hopeless heart there broke forth such a torrent of over arms and showered kisses upon her brow and cheeks and lips and spoke such words of love as would only be defiled if they were heard did. 6 . in mastering py that he but clasped her knew not what he his by other ears. telling it was turn of the path and that she delayed her Doubtless there must be things ! of great importance which the god was her And when at last she came. and they felt that the fair deity had blessed her and that the coming days would be filled with peace and happiness.
CHAPTER XIV THE NEW-MADE GOD time had now arrived when the the stranger could no It would not do to longer be concealed. 82 . her mother. and hair like the flax of the hennequin. she thus told her story ". So Maya sought an interview with the king and in the presence of the queen. She must be wedded first and word must be sent to him before he set forth from Peten-Itza. and light He rose from the water curling beard. went with my one of them saw I with fair within the pool a beautiful^god face and eyes like the morning.A : week ago when maidens to the senote. wait until Canek should come to claim his of THEpresence wife and then break to him the humiliating news that she was to be the bride of another.
for strip Canek of is faithless and would bright stranger has taught me the language of He the gods and I am to be his priestess. its glory shall be After he had told floated me these things he upward among the clouds and I could see him no more. and greater than of old. and he has come to unite the tribes and to make thee again king over dwell in all He will the city and be thy counsellor. our ancient capital. 83 he me and told me who He is the foretold in the god whose coming was books of Chilan-Balam. To-morrow he bring him maidens shall and thou and the high-priest and the nobles must meet him in the garden. . but he warns thee to make no league with Peten-Itza. out the land and they will follow thee and Uxmal. my to the palace. He has journeyed from the East and crossed the waters in a great canoe with wings. but each day since. The through . he has returned and I have brought him fruits and flowers.The New-Made God and talked with was. and he will wed me ere the appear before thee. ". his But until to-day he bade me keep will coming secret. will soften the hearts of the tribes thee even Mani. shall be thy dwelling-place.
and he may dwell in the temple and wed the princess and be our counsellor. but it Now seemed to him might have been beguiled. and let the king question that she : ". He be lieved his daughter. Let us go before the stranger and let the high-priest ask him concerning the mys teries of our faith. as well he might be. And thus it seemed best to all.84 sun is Maya set. So he summoned his chief priests and nobles and to them he told the story. for he has bidden me abide al ways at his side. So mes sengers were dispatched throughout the city to bid the people prepare for a festival upon the morrow. ready for the Sun and he asks thee to make us a chamber in the temple of together. him regarding the secrets of the kingdom. where we may dwell the king was greatly astonished at this speech. and if he answer well concerning all these things. if so it might be that the answers of the stranger true.". then shall we know that he is a god indeed. In the were wise and morning Maya went again with .". and they held counsel together and one of them said Let it be as thy daughter has spoken.
Then they walked sunlight. and all moved on together. of strong It was made wood with side. that she had spoken with her father and that a council had been held and all had been made ready to receive him.". He commanded them to rise. for it must not be seen that in any point I am instructing thee. and the bright quetzal . then Maya. flint on either sharp knives His long robe was richly embroidered. then thou shalt know what to do. She entered alone and talked long and She told him earnestly with Sandoval. the maidens fell upon the earth before him. taught god and she added : ". then her at tendants. As they approached. She him a should how bear himself.The New-Made God 85 her maidens to the mouth of the cavern. the stranger first. who were awaiting them under a great ceiba. Listen carefully to all that I shall say in thy name. forth together into the and at the first turn of the path they came upon the attendants of the prin cess. But speak thyself in no other lan guage than thine own. Upon his shoulder he carried the of sword she had brought him.
it The monarch obeyed. and as they drew near. and the princess thus interpreted his ". He was followed by his priests and counsellors. words I : O king.". Maya crown danced in the sun When they reached the gate leading to the palace garden it was already open and within stood the king s guard. Then they saw the king himself borne through the grove on a litter upon the shoulders of his chief nobles. had instructed Sandoval that whenever he did not know what to do he Now Maya to was make a short speech in his own the tongue.86 feathers of his light. This he did when he saw king approaching.Kneel. followed in their train. and kiss the sword bring for thy pro tection. Ahpula descended and walked forth to meet the stranger. with a can opy of glittering feathers above him and great fans waving at his side. who. after making due obeisance. and all who saw felt that here indeed must be a mighty ! deity Maya perceived from the reverent eyes . receive my blessing.
". ". that even before the ques was won. after due prostra The answer tions. ! I I thy counsellor. he said. 87 who remained aloof from awe and fear. but because the gift bears witness to thy reverent heart. for how should he lack flowers by whose breath the plants grow and break into blossoms. and then placed them upon their hearts in token of worship. ". and hast done well. Tnus indeed do the gods speak ! Such was the conviction of all as the multitude prostrated themselves upon the ground.1 take thy gifts.The New-Made God of the multitude. and these were his words as rendered by the king s tioning began her victory daughter ". he offered to the god. Following the king came the high-priest bearing flowers which. was low and solemn. The stranger spoke again.not that I need them.Thou : after kneel O king Here no more.". touched their fingers to the earth. for thou and shall will be walk together side by side. .".
on two small thrones under a canopy chamber. with Maya stand ing at the stranger s side and the high-priest before them in his gan his questions in the 88 vestments. they sat together. After they were seated.CHAPTER XV THE WEDDING successfully had Maya conducted the that the high-priest was SO interview And when stricken with fear at the thought of putting questions to a deity. they had come to the palace and ascended the steps of the terraces on which it stood. god and king. who might well resent any suspicions of his divinity. upon the platform in front of the royal in full view of the nobles who stood upon the terrace just beneath. the latter be form of a prayer . and of the multitude who had gathered in the broad square still lower down.
on the tenth day of the month of Nay. even the gods may beguile thee. He asked how long it would be before the city must celebrate the festival to Chaac.". and they did answer thee. voice&. Thou didst listen to their shining thou didst cast up the hours and find tnat Mac the festival should begin.gt. but the stars never lie. Why dost thou ask again ? Men may be false. young priestess thus de clared his answer ".O Ahkin Mai.The Wedding for advice. 89 but couched for in such language a that it would need answer knowledge of the religious observances of the people. The eye of the priest quailed and sought . . why dost thou ask that which thou knowest already ? Not twice The stranger : eight times has the cross made its circle in the southern skies since thou didst climb the steps of thy teocallis and there didst put the self-same question to the stars. and what ought to be the forms with which they should conduct their prayers and ceremonies. spoke in the unknown and his tongue. thou hast already given thy commands for every part of the solemn observances. Why should of I repeat them ? Thou hast no need my counsel.
On every teocallis in this city there went forth that same night a priest who made them The more. pun The stranger must be indeed ishment the mightiest of the gods. therefore I questioned thee. to be followed. indeed thou speakest. Every answer was Surely thou couldst not doubt He dared ask no was silent.". ". ! Here was a god who had not but had divined his His voice trembled as he very thoughts stammered an excuse. never yet my and I may fail to read aright the time. and his ap peal for counsel was sincere. for Ahkin Mai priest ! thus had never yet stood before any who could overwhelm him with confusion. report to thee.90 the ground. That would be blasphemy. .True one.". Maya known his deeds. by some awfr-. but thy servant is old. mighty ". But the stranger s answer showed still more clearly his omniscience. doubtless. the same. and though the only poor eyes grow dim. message I would riot dishonour our that they send. All doubt had now vanished from his mind. festival by beginning it at an unhallowed stars lie. Then the king spoke. all.
the dark designs he nourishes against wandered in the guise of a tell thee. Thou . asked the hand of the lord of Peten-Itza. and I have come to warn thee. Canek. and at the banquet he will command them to drink . I though he has never seen me. He has failed to overcome thee in battle.The Wedding ". he said. and have over promised it. ". come He has I my daughter. ". but under neath the girth-cloth each of his retainers will hide a sharpened knife. and \ ". though none saw me.will that festival.Geeks thy ruin by stratagem and thee with guile. The stranger answered long and nestly.To 91 ". come to speaking words will many of friendship and clad in the garments of peace. and Maya thus gave forth the mean : ing of his speech I know Canek well. He warriors. He offers to aid me in coming the empire. hast striven against him in many wars thou knowest that he is crafty and cruel. Before came to thee I serpent through the temples of Tayasal.". and once I glided close to the lord of Peten-Itza at his council I heard him board. tribes that have rebelled against our royal house and in re-establishing my ear Dost thou know him ?".
must the rite^/ K i per ". a tongue which is not language of men. and will slay thy followers. For this he did not ask the consent of his daughter that was not the Maya custom. They will burn thy and thy queen will wander homeless to land. and . for he ever been. This very day formed. but to pour their cups upon the aside their Then when thy people have laid weapons and have grown heavy with wine. if thou wilt have me abide Nay. Peten-Itza. and seizing thee they will bear thee away to offer to their city gods in sacrifice. I will for the gods speak like the counsel thee only through the lips of her I have chosen.". so that she shall remain ever at my side. Daughters must obey. then Maya must also stay. his men will spring upon thee ground.92 Maya nothing. So the king gave orders for tbe celebra tion of the marriage and for the feast which was to follow. the chief . and if thou wilt have me keep thee from evil and strengthen thy whom dominion. more with thy people. though they hear and understand all that you say. is from land Trust not the lord of to-day what he has among thy enemies. then I must wed thy daughter. .
in daily contact with long years the rebel -tird old.The Wedding in the present 93 case no daughter could be niore willingly j)bedient. There was of course less magnificence at the wedding than there would have been tion. cared less for the splendour of life the occasion than for the follow. treacherous. In taking a little. believe that some such calamity devoutly as she had prophesied would in all likeli hood follow an alliance with Peten-Itza. had more time been given to its prepara But Maya. reader. how could she better warn her father of the danger than by announcing it to him so . and cruel thkr-was of all things what she most abhorred. like the wise maiden that she was. that she was not wise and thou wilt perhaps have even a graver fault to find with her for thus hoodwinking in such outrageous fashion not only her parents. And to live with the fair stranger she had rescued surely the gods To dwell . and if so. that was to husband of whom she knew thou wilt say. but her people and Yet she did the priests of her religion. ugly. as the prophecy of a god ? far from home through the to come.
or Confucius. Are thine own people then so astute ! ? There are indeed no witches nowadays. but did not thine in own townsmen since hold converse with a few weeks some great soul Elysium. the children of light. nad them as come to dwell among them and give them succour ? . who tells thee there are no such things as pain and suffering ? Did not Moses talk with the Lord.ico Jehovah to the tribes of Israel. racked with dis ease.e proph ets. ".lt. to take a poor wanderer for a god ing. with Plato. who wrote to him upon a he had known for many Did not years thy friend commune with Chelas from the Himalayas ? Or hast thou not a brother at death s door. I hearthee say ". did not Elijah mount to heaven upon a chariot of fire ? How then slate the things that ? shall we.". or Washington. believed in their wild fanc\e?nat some other god. and ghosts are much discredited. knowing. as they must.. at those who. wonder t&. What simple folk is this.94 Maya ! would pardon much. how sorely she was tempted So the marriage rites were celebrated in due order. having not Moses or . as needful perhaps. or perhaps with the spirit of his own wife.
now broke out in a pas sionate torrent from their hearts and lips. the fit as sequel of religious duties well performed. and Sandoval had been conducted with his bride to the appointed chamber ! in the temple. for the night was far advanced. but rather a temporary transportation to paradise.CHAPTER XVI AT THE CHAMBER IN THE TEMPLE HPHE 1 wedding had feast was ended. not deemed by them a dishonour. They had now sought their homes. to The the guests tasted the full short-lived pleasure of the wine-cup. But even as he lavished his caresses upon the beautiful creature whom he held in his 95 . At last they were alone The love which had been stifled through the tedious cere monial and the wearisome hours of the long festival.
action Long may we thus abide ! Long may the dread Yuncemil loiter who cuts short men s hesitate ere he lays his cold days hand on thy golden hair. nay. for not an hour could I out and thee and hear men say that thou wert not a god. in every danger.will be our union be but for ourselves alone. Thou shalt be indeed the my people. but in every We bond in thought. ".". 1 Thou must become like the god have declared thee. and we must be forever one. for thou canst not suffer me to stay at deliverer of my home when thou goest forth to council or trial. even into the eternity beyond. the thoughts of his bride went on beyond the present hour of happi ness into the future years they were to live together. Let him rather strike me first.96 Maya embrace. and great will be joy above all other women of my race. thy priestess must be always at thy side. if it she said. ". and speech. If perchance while I am yet alive the time shall come when disease shall live hang heavy over thee and steps of death approaching. are joined together by no common to battle. I shall hear the I will bear thee . ". .Most unworthy.
". . where none fled. and we the eight deserts and the nine great streams that flow around the islands of the dead. shall know whither thou hast and I will tell the priests that risen to the home them offer me of the gods and I will bid to thee in sacrifice so that together we may make the dreadful journey to the world of spirits. There I must rest a little on shall cross 7 . we shall not fear him. and sharp tor ments shall beat upon us in vain.wind knives". and I will great love stay them and thou shalt pass unharmed. I bulk serpent whose huge stretched across the deep valley beyond. for with my shall be with thee. and walk together between the lofty mountains that stand on either hand to for I am we crush the souls of the unworthy as they but advance along the narrow pathway thee they shall not overcome. Then of shall we bravely encounter its the ". linger I will fleet of foot. I my heart still smokes upon the on the way not be long shall and thou must until overtake thee.I will run to thee while altar.At the Chamber in the Temple 97 and hide thee thou hast forth alone into the forest. for we know his sting destroys only the craven souls lies And when we meet the that flee.
And I will ask Ixtab. and I will sing to thee and we shall dwell in the cool shade stretch over the clear waters. for that that art will tell her my husband and my love. for thou knowest the ways of the waters and they shall not overwhelm us. And when at last we come to the gar dens of the surely know Ixtab the goddess will the daughter of the king. the tree of life. I will not remain. whose green branches And and there the maidens of paradise shall spread our tables and bring us food and wine. forever. I thee too will she welcome. and blest.98 Maya thy strong arm. ". to I will spread come and thy * home In change me into a bird wings and fly back to our home and thou shalt see my to is this reference spirits a five world of which I common days journey to the to both the Nahuatl specific and Maya races. the queen.Thus will it be with us I if thou first I shalt die. But if go before thee. she will lead us together to Yaxche.* ". for paradise will not be paradise if thou be not with me to share it. . when to the great tree. have followed the more Aztec tradition. since that of the similar) has Mayas (although probably not been definitely preserved.
my heart shall ever beat with forever any thought that is not en twined with the love of thee.At the Chamber in the Temple 99 garden and thy door and me on the boughs sometimes will I in the palace fly in at perch upon thy shoulder and sing to thee as the birds sing in paradise.In 1 For if Surely thou wilt not forget me thou shouldst seek another bride my voice would choke and my wings would droop ! and I would hide from thee and mourn.If bride?". ". thy hours of joy will sing loud and clear. I ". and will sing a my bright plum song of victory while . And when thou comest after me. clung ".Nay. but I will caress thy cheek with age. will be with thee on the dread journey. the tears glistened in her eyes as she to him. and when thou art sad my song will be soft and low to bring thee comfort. life thou must be true to me not in even amid the shades of Mitnal.". and thou shalt know from the song whether thou hast done the thing that Maya loves. alone. let it be still ".Forget And thee? Seek another ". ! She released him and stood gazing into his clear eyes. cried Sandoval.
and he mingled answered to her : . But could the enemy of mankind speak ! through lips so tender and affectionate as those of his beloved ? It could not be As heaven and her heathen gcrds. taught that must be the offspring of incantations and witchcraft. coming and she shall prepare thy tree home and mine under the become thy forever. the work of the devil. which it. and therefore ac cursed. formation of a human being into a bird. was more eager to enjoy the delights of the present than to dream of a future which could not increase his happiness. child of earth as he was. strange gods.ioo thou I Maya art will tell Ixtab of thy passing through the dark terrors. he He had been all such things the the the trans huge serpent. think of these when he was already why in paradise ? He was greatly confused by emotions of love and duty. con demned by Holy Church. More over.". when his bride talked of the Maya paradise and the they must make together could barely comprehend dreadful journey to reach her. and I shall great bride again and dwell with thee Sandoval.
the mysteries of thy faith.". Then he related to her in such rude fash ion as he might. the Com He told her of the saints and angels forter. . ". of the blest we I am to be thy bride ? Shall dwell there together ? Wilt thou love . the Father of all. and no earth that was not pressed by the footfall of her tiny feet. . She listened eagerly. ". and the Holy Spirit. ". .". with its great white throne and beatific vision he de scribed the trials of purgatory and the end less pains of hell. but to-night let us think only and as they walked on the nar of our love ". and I will tell thee of mine.Tell each other. and the martyrs of the Church he pict ured the joys of heaven.At the Chamber Thou in the Temple 101 shalt speak with me hereafter of and thy gods thy paradise. the story of the threefold Deity. But she was not content to put off the time when they should wholly understand ". me now.". and when he ended. she said. of the temple he passionately de clared that for him there could be no heaven that row terrace was not lighted by her shining eyes. she said.Thou has not told whether in thy bright city me. the Son born of a Virgin who died upon the cross to save mankind.
for they seemed to stand as an eternal barrier bride. And breast. for he could not answer Across his memory came the crush given not thought of for years. but now they choked him. ? Wilt thou be my husband her. earth nor I never leave thee. in sorrow her face fell upon his He stood long irresolute.They between his religion and his great ". he passionately held her to his heart ". He stroked her hair and caressed her. At last. upon his bosom. with one over powering impulse. ". He stammered the reply that so would be their happiness they would not miss the forgotten joys of earth. but could not He could feel her low sobs comfort her.". But didst thou not tell me there could be no heaven where my eyes did not shine ? Didst thou not promise never to forget ? Art thou content to be my husband for a few short years on earth ? Thy love is not like mine. neither marry nor are words that he had marriage.". and cried will : Nay. He was ing words. neither in in heaven nor amid the pains of .io2 Maya I me as love thee here ?". in silent.
".At the Chamber hell ! in the Temple 103 Wherever thou art. and thy gods and thy paradise they shall be mine Again she stood erect before him. heavy curtains which shut out the world. . there will I be Beneath the great tree we will dwell together. Then they walked hand in hand into the bridal chamber and drew together the long. ! her gleaming eyes her face seemed glorified and transfigured by her joy. and under the moonlight that shone full upon also.
CHAPTER XVII THE EMBASSY the morning they were bidden to the council. for time was pressing and an embassy must be sent forthwith to IN royal Peten-Itza to break the that the king s daughter unwelcome news was already wedded. for many a errand ? But who time before had the bearers of fallen victims to his evil tidings wrath. Then some advised the coming of this formidable chief. that the king him should go to Tayasal with his whole army others that he should await at Mani self . So none would venture forth. yet no one dreamed that the ferocious Canek would observe this wholesome rule. should go upon this dangerous By the Maya law the persons of ambassadors were sacred. 104 .
at the utmost verge of the peninsula. after all had made sembly due homage. to go with thy troops and leave the city : we have other foes near home. let . be found And if among thy nobles any shall who fear not to go with us. wrath would he make a league with and they would overwhelm thee. but suffer him to come seeking a wife. O king.It forth as declared by Maya s lips would be madness. Then indeed in his others. they told him of their straits and asked his counsel.The Enroassy When 105 the new god appeared in the as with his bride. and while thou art away. and find himself betrayed. for at Itza nothing of the things that thou hast done. alone will go as thy ambassador. And shame would it be to abide here and tell the lord of Petenundefended. And this was his answer ". for immortal and no weapon wrought by I will go with my can harm me. and I will bring rich gifts and offer him thy friendship and thy I I But am man love. the tribes of the north will fall upon those who remain and will lay waste the city and the fields. I will priestess and we will tell him all. say to him that what thou hast done has been at my command.
wherein the island of Peten-Itza lay.io6 Maya in them follow priestess our will train. I know that he will keep us said they too from Then many others go- would praise to the king s had alone daughter. Such a god will I follow with a trustful heart. But she cared not for this she None indeed gave who . quetzal upon the king and the new god wore the crown and four nobles carried him s litter. with a great joy. for all harm. Then ". And thus they travelled through the winding paths for many days.". planned this dar knew for no one that it was her deed. and one said our deliverer. with a great train. So on the same day. I and my we there go alone.". and to bid him come . If not. for he fears : not to do himself the thing that he enjoins. they sent a messenger to tell the lord of the city that the king s embassy was waiting on the shore. to see her hus band honoured and obeyed. while his bride was borne behind him. When they came to the great lake far to the south. ing counsel. they set filled was forth together.Here was all is the chiefs and indeed great gladness among approved.
Now an embassy the presence of a woman on such was a thing unknown before in the history of that people. And when the crafty Canek asked what might be the tidings. and the fair god with Maya at his side descended to the ground and went forth to meet him.". followed by a bright array of warriors. and they who waited on the strand could see the swift canoes approaching from the city of many temples and dancing upon the shining waves.The Embassy 107 forth and meet them. For. ter. When he reached the shore. was astonished when he be But when they came nearer and Canek saw the thick tresses and dark eyes of the girl and her unconscious majesty. and he thought to : am wedded shall like her the king slave s . daughter this maiden there is be my none upon the earth. Canek advanced. a great longing ". never having seen the king s daugh he knew not that it was she who was before him. . and the chief of Peten-Itza held her. bearer of the evil news. So Canek sallied forth. the messenger answered that he did not know for he dared not become the first .When I fell upon him.
and said ". whose daughter is to be my ". he had never A being so fair and godlike seen before.". what message hast thou brought ? Sandoval made answer in an unknown tongue. He marvelled much at the appearance of the stranger. and Maya thus interpreted a the words ". Though understand foretold I I am the not the speech only. My who knows the language of the gods. I will not deign to hold converse with them save priestess.I : come indeed from the king. but the very thoughts of men. bringing message I am more than his in am the god have de books of Chilan-Balam and scended to earth to be the king s coun sellor and his guide. the chief made his obeisance to the ambassador. is at in my own tongue. The chief was disconcerted at this reply.io8 Maya And when they met.Thou who hast come from great : Ah- pula. but bassador I . yet he was moved to doubt the divinity of one who thus came from the king without warning. she will tell thee the message that bring. and who might prove hurtful to himself in . bride. my I side . who in that place stood for the king.
The he has bestowed her upon me and I have wedded her. for at my ". A dark cloud gathered upon Canek s brow.The Embassy 109 projects which aimed at the final conquest So with a slight sneer of the kingdom.". Through her lips the an swer of Sandoval was declared : king sends thee rich gifts and seeks as ever thy alliance and thy love. Let all who are with him perish save only the king s daughter. for she shall be ". my slave ! But not a soul stirred. and Un she was already the wife of another ! whom able to contain his wrath at the indignity cast upon him in the presence of his own warriors. he coldly asked ". The beautiful creature whom he saw before him was then the maiden to he had been himself betrothed. The speech and . and she has come with me. he cried to them Seize the impostor! Bring : ". : ". What Maya the message ? s face flushed in anger at the chiefs is scant courtesy. but his daughter thou canst not have. him to the city that we may sacrifice him to our gods. not only as my priestess but my command bride. and bind her also.
no the Maya commanding presence filled had with a strange awe of the stranger the hearts of It the warriors of Peten-Itza.". she saw it drew forth and whispered.". ". And she broke the shaft and ".No. They still presence feared their chief but retribution of in the they dreaded the gods. more the They trembled and no man ". seemed to them that they were indeed of a deity. Quick as thought she leaped in front of her husband and And from received the shaft upon her arm. moved. Cowards ! shrieked Canek ". : Must I show you with mine own arm tender ". love. But Maya saw the act. he seized a bow an attendant and sent an arrow straight toward the stranger s heart. ". Meanwhile the followers of the embassy had drawn their bows upon the rebel chief and Canek was compelled to take refuge . that this pre ? is no more a god than yourselves Must you see him bleed ? springing back.I am not harmed. she said as the pitying eyes of Sandoval bend over her. Clear through the flesh it went and the arrow head stood out upon the other side. it pains me not.
yet he wound the cloth above and not below the place where the arrow had penetrated.Wind the into his heart. she She spoke low. wound by said to him.". The shaft had pierced a vein. Muttering curses and threatening ven geance upon the king. Ever and anon when his voice called her name she would open her great eyes and look upon the face . at his it His companions perceived and could not help wondering why a god who knew all things had not from the very first done what was needful. the princess. and the pretended god. but one of the nobles heard her. and departed for his island Sandoval sought to staunch his wife s tearing his own mantle into shreds and binding them around her arm. and the words sank deep ". Sandoval blushed with confusion lack of skill. and Maya was soon faint from loss of blood. he turned with his follow ers to the boats city. The princess swooned. who implored him to offend no further a deity whom he could not slay. But he was awkward and unskilful.The Embassy 1 1 1 behind his warriors. shreds lower down.
forced as he was to keep silence while his one hope lay dying within the litter. where the king s physicians tended her with care and skill. Sandoval watched at her side all night and saw that she was no longer in a swoon . and then would smile and rallied. Whenever knelt the bearers it.". and a kiss her on cold brow.1 soon be well. gaze fixed unalterably upon her features. set it down he the curtains. and in a low voice would murmur. back till but sleeping quietly. At last. sink again into unconsciousness. she and when evening came they gave her wine and food. however. the wound healed and she grew strong and well again. beside closed she would look upon him for a moment. And they bore her in safety to. first saw her in the cavern by the fall then she would again. They home and Sandoval walked placed her in her as into sleep litter to bear at her side. . shall ".ii2 Maya same smile of that leaned over her with the unutterable tenderness that he had beheld when he pool her his . With a pressed her effort powerful eyelids would unclose.Mani. The poor exile was wretched indeed.
3 : . the Maya was called into presence of the king for warning and reproof. ".that thou. a all god who knew all things should have When alone she recovered. shouldst fling thyself before him to stay the arrow that could not harm him ? And Maya answered 8 ". they marvelled that things and could do suffered it.CHAPTER REPROOF the XVIII INSTRUCTION meantime the news of what had spread through the city and the people. and IN happened . yet all were greatly distressed at the harm that had befallen the princess. though they were well pleased that the warriors of Peten-Itza had feared the stranger and had refused to stir against him even at the command of their own chief.". ".Why was thy it. knowing husband was immortal. ". he asked.
I Maya love him many times more than my life. for in thee is the hope of ". how inconvenient it was that Maya did not understand the Spanish language. My child. I understand thee line. and it must be clear to any husband what a hardship lessly at the would be thus to live help mercy of whatever his wife might happen to say. The king was softened by the answer of his daughter and proud that she had no So he said fear. . and above all thou must not perish.Father. it . all our royal my people. I * : the heart of thou hast But put not again thy life in peril. and when I saw the arm of Canek lifted against him I thought not saw only whether he was god or man.". and that Sandoval could not speak to his wife in the presence of others in the Maya tongue. Then Maya returned the temple. to her husband in A new It is matter not hard to see now claimed her attention. All her interpretations had been simply the creatures of her fancy. for bethink thee thou canst not aid thy lord.1 14 ". the arrow and my husband.
for from his lips . but it was Maya herself who insisted that she ought to know the meaning of the unknown words he spoke to her. Love is a skilful tutor. she feared neither laughter nor reproaches. he taught her that soft speech which. guage of the gods this was unknown if her husband could catch the meaning of her words that was enough. . has oftentimes so well concealed the stern and cruel thoughts of those who uttered it. like the Spaniard s smile. matter cal? To the sentences were not grammati lan those who spoke not the ". So. and the girl was soon able to understand and even to answer in rude fashion if all that he said. What ". day by day when they were alone.Reproof Instruction 1 1 5 Sandoval indeed had never complained of this.
and the oracles had foretold such dire march against Canek found the attempt im He must pursue his revenge by possible. however. the priests and the elders of the city. turned. that and they remained at home.CHAPTER XIX THE SPY REAT was the dismay at Peten-Itza when Canek and his warriors re He called together his counsellors. but those who had been with him to meet the embassy had brought back such tidings of the strange god. within the city one Bacab. a captive taken in one of the former wars with Ahpula. whom the lord of Peten116 . other means and defer his dark designs until some more convenient occasion. to incite them to vengeance. So for the time he yielded to the wish of his people calamities if Peten-Itza should the king. There was.
Bacab had deep and crafty soul.The Spy Itza 117 had spared from sacrifice. Bacab took the tempting offer and journeyed where he was welcomed by the Even the strange king and his counsellors. purpose of revenge. he said.". . for I will make thee free.king that the stranger is no will come to Mani with warriors show god. ".to the king I s court at Mani. to Mani. days. my I and thou king s I shalt confront him with me in the overthrow him will make thee a noble and the chief of my household and give thee one of my own kindred for a bride and a great dwell ing and a garden on the shore of the lake where thou shalt dwell in honour all thy council. and me such tidings as will to the .". his Return. that Then seek employment in some temple and upon the footsteps of this strange god and his bride and watch their doings. Tell him have repented and that thou comest to offer him my submission and my love. I lurk will if they can fetch I send with thee trusted messengers. so Canek summoned him to a secret interview and laid before a him ". Then when Among every souls whose faith people there are some base may thus be bought.
One whole brilliant city moonlight night. where Maya dwelt with her husband. the traffic upon which due to largely To this he smiled. when the was asleep. His shrine was near the temple of the Sun.n8 god was beguiled. Sandoval sighed as he acknowledged that he had done little to deserve the wealth of affection thus . above them and eyes. the god of travellers and of the merchants who journeyed with their pre cious wares from land to land bringing the gold and copper and opals of Mexico in ex was own who change for the delicate embroideries of Yu catan. Sandoval and his bride walked forth together upon the ter race in front of their chamber and looked upon the gleaming skies then into each other s the glory of the heavens. Maya for it not one of the had brought back kings subjects the message ? So in reward for his good tidings Bacab was appointed by Ahpula to serve as one of the priests in the temple of Echuah. which mirrored Flinging her arms around the neck of her husband. paid in was god great deference was since the prosperity of the city Mani. Maya broke forth into passionate protestations of devotion.
Yet none the less will I love the bright face of her who redeemed me from the horrors of sacrifice and stooped from her ".". a desert every ". had no need of my affection ? How should I be the bride of a god who could not suffer and die ? And Sandoval answered ". Sandoval slept.". That night as they lay side by side in the richly woven hammock within. thou hast little need of a poor outcast like me.Dol not need thee?". yet for this do I cherish thee the How indeed should I love one who more. for she was thinking how her . : Although thou art not the deity I have declared thee and though thou couldst not heal me when the arrow of Canek smote my arm. 119 But she upon a poor castaway. ". Precious as thou art in the eyes of thy father and thy people. And their lips came together and her heart was pressed to his bosom.Too much do thy words prove. Then they retired hand in hand to their chamber. the world would be hour thou wert not at my side.Nay. : high station to become my bride. yet the eyes of the princess were unclosed.The Spy lavished replied ". she answered.
drew aside the curtain. vanishes. and bring back the tribes of the north to their allegiance. by someone watched and she added heart that : Hereafter be in thine when we talk together. Suddenly from a dark corner of the chamber. And when her husband. for he has dis appeared all is like a mist and the stars shine and to well Thus she spoke feared in her comfort him.It spirit. asked what had be fallen her. yet own they were closely ". She leaped to the ground and followed. for would have I no prowler we speak at of. the evil : ".". there came a rustling sound. she told him and added must have been Xibalba. stars gleam through the doorway as he passed. and someone who had crouched there in silence stole forth. awakened by the quick movement at his side. let it own tongue.". but when she went forth upon the terrace there was nothing only the white city be low and the shining heavens above. he who again. our side to report the things And she could not tell what . and She could see the glided stealthily away.120 Maya husband should lead their armies as the Nacon of the king.
even the thoughts of counsel her.the 121 to think or do.The Spy more ". . god who nor could her spouse. lay awake say aught to cheer or Through the long night she and trouble filled her breast. knew all things. men.".
CHAPTER XX REVENGE the morning was bright and beau tiful. . he had weighty So Ahpula assembled his counsellors un der a canopy upon the terrace before the palace door. Just as all was in readiness for their de parture. for matters to deliver. a messenger arrived to say that Canek was approaching and asked to meet the king in council. for Nacon had warned him through Maya s And the king lips of coming treachery. but he commanded his nobles to the come armed with sword and spear. her fears were stilled and for thereafter BUT the many days city. An went well within expedition was planned all against the tribes of the north and her hus band was made the Nacon to command the armies of the king.
". who had disappeared from Mani a few days before. I I terness when I saw that the bride whom thou hadst promised to me was given to another.for and the violence offered to thy embassy.". I come show thee how Then Canek called upon the priest of .Revenge 123 bade Canek approach with two or three of his chief men.Grant ". he said. yet he could not now draw and back nor could he say that arms were needful to one offering friendship allegiance. ". The lord of Peten-Itza was filled with wrath at the mistrust of his sovereign. no more. and commanded that they should lay aside their weapons before appearing in the royal presence. But I will make thee full atone ment. for as thy faithful slave to thou art betrayed even in thine own household and to save thee from the shame and peril that surround thee. who was So he appeared with two only of the chief men of his tribe. So greatly did love thee that my heart was filled with bit my forgiveness. But those about the king saw with wonder that the priest of Echuah. Canek fell to the earth before his sov ereign. rash words O king. was also with him.
and that she had wedded him from pity. But Maya herself stood forth and spoke unbidden. and could not heal the king s daughter of her wound.Nay. believe the tale of a base spy. Those who heard the with astonishment.Wilt : thou. And Canek here. and she asked ". ". .124 Maya Echuah and bade him tell all that had hap pened on the night when he lurked in the chamber of the temple and heard the pre tended god conversing with his bride. O king. let fice! me me king. for he knew not what to answer.Why is thy could he not heal thee Why of thy wound?". and had stooped from her high station to become his bride. sword aside and do thou give not. He told how they had confessed in secret that the stranger was no god at all. But god silent ? the king answered. story were dumb Silence fell even upon the lips of the Nacon. and if he fall be offered to the gods in sacri I O If he be immortal cannot harm him. who lurked within the chamber of the temple and vanished like the evil one?". ". proclaiming him to be the thing he was not. cried. let us try him Let him lay his thine.
But the thine king answered her: ". Let it be as Canek Then the nobles took away the Nacon s sword and the king offered his own to the old chief. The Spaniard with one blow assailant to felled his the ground. let his own smoke : upon Then Maya spoke ". device hast thou spoken. before Maya ".Nay!". Drawing from his girdle a sharp knife which was hidden in its folds. armed and Canek saw his opportunity.Revenge but if 125 heart he bleed. not at command. cried ".". ". ! saw the king and she (for her face was toward was thinking only of the sword) he leaped like a tiger upon the his purpose stranger and thrust the keen blade into his shoulder.Out of own s thy lord says. Maya. yet even while . tween them.Bitter the altar! to her father again be thy punishment if thou shalt suffer one of thy vassals thus to make will trial of a god.".Not ". as she sprang be against the god but will he lift it against thyself Now the king faltered and doubted what But the Nacon was un he should do.
See He him bleeds he shrieked If he be ! ".126 Maya at the ! Canek writhed triumph: indeed a god in king s feet ". now let heal himself ! The impostor was unveiled. of Peten-ltza was complete. The victory .
and bind him for sacrifice. The crafty soul of Canek was pitiless in vengeance. he cried.".".that I take the Nacon s place and lead his troops against the people of the north. Let the ". ". and has betrayed me. let none see her save her guard.Let may the king grant. he said. Upon the lord of Peten-Itza he bestowed rich gifts and promised to grant whatever the old chief might ask. As let for the daughter who her be kept within the penance chamber of the cloister of Ixnacan Katun.CHAPTER XXI RELEASE greater false was the king s shame and was his anger. let me with 127 mine own hand . ". god be seized. ". And when they are subdued and we return in triumph. until her fate shall be decided.".
saying this. and.Only I deliver her I my hands and. for I know thy ". is Maya little honour in the deed) sacrifice this false and at god to our offended dei the same festival do thou bring forth thy daughter. And And skill in battle. And Canek into replied: ". let not Maya taste the food of sacrifice. the hope of So Canek led the armies of the king against the tribes of the north. and in two months they returned laden with booty and bringing many captives. her. will know how to keep her so that 1 she will not betray me.". a soft smile stole over his hideous face. that she eat with me the fice. commanding her meat of the sacri do thou bestow her upon me as my wife. and I doubt not thou wilt re turn in honour and triumph. And the false god must indeed be con But s sacrificed by the Na- hand.".128 (though there ties. old as am. the king answered: Go forth then as the Nacon of my army. will find some gentle way to persuade And his eyes glittered with his revenge. .". nor wilt thou find it a light task to take her with thee as thy bride. for this is his appointed duty.
her face was very sad. nor had she heard aught of the fate of her beloved. and cherished above all other things. however. but her eyes gleamed and her spirit was un She saw the preparations for the shaken. She had plucked it from the earth and hidden it. off with the other captives bound and ready for sacrifice. One treasure. clothed in garments. so she knew well the fate that that was in store for him. had she kept to her. Her husband stood a little way festival.Release 129 doval Then a great feast was ordained and Sanwas brought forth with the prisoners on the appointed day and Maya too was bidden to the festival. In the struggle between Canek and Sandoval the knife that had wounded her husband had fallen to the floor close to her feet. and none had seen her at a time when all eyes were upon the old chief as he lay writhing on the ground reviling the pretended god and the comfort among it knife she kept (it was a small one) wound the tresses of her hair. During her captivity she had seen no friendly face she knew . When festal they brought her forth. not what was to be her doom. And when came with Canek and she saw the king the .
". and she knew well that this Now would be the end. she said.Dost so that no one could forth the dagger.that for a single hour would survive the sacrifice of my lord ? Dost thou fancy that I would live one moment as the bride of ? his mur one blow shall perish the hope of thy royal line. then she knew that it was by his hand her hus band was But to to die. For my dagger shall not be put aside till thou hast freed my husband from his bonds and given derer near.1 30 Maya had anointed with blood chief of Peten-ltza the long hair bound around his head. who plucked his robe and besought him to speak with her. stepped back a stay her. or at Nay. come not me thy royal word I that he may go him. ". she little. ". for she feared that he might suddenly advance to the place where Maya stood. forth in peace and that may follow behind Ahpula stood the queenmother. when her father told her that she was become the wife of the old chief. Then she drew I thou dream. Wilt thou have me slay also the child whose heart beats under mine ? Then shalt thou be in deed the last of thy race and thy kingdom will be scattered among strangers. And she said : .".
1 3 1 Bethink thee. the high-priest indeed consented. we must I not lose our child. whom she at Now. I obeyed. Yet thou didst when Hard was it spoke not with will it and we must loves. deeply as the king was offended had been. sweet lord. Yet he could not grant her request and release the victim who had been dedicated to the gods. she would see her punished for her transgres sion. Long years have heart. watched over her and loved her.". Yet now. and she the pride of thine was ever her.Release ". the pride of his heart. but he would not have her die. He his daughter. without a conference with the high-priest and with the lord of Peten-Itza. had been her however great the sacrilege. for he had been the instructor of Maya s childhood and he loved her. as the mother said. gods themselves said that He . at thy command I nor looked upon her face during her long gloomy days in prison. not see her perish. my own lord. So when he had withdrawn with them alone into his own chamber for a parley. and now he loved her perhaps the more for the fearless ness with which she had defied him. Thou must pardon her and the stranger and set him free.
if thou sufferest them to de first part together. Though he now realised that Maya would never become his wife. how to place them upon sharp-pointed twigs in live is born.But.i}2 best Maya knew how to punish it. it is ". treacherous along the paths. or even to pour them into the senotes. The object for which he had sought the hand of the king s daughter had been that he might gain the regency. younger man than thought the crafty long after an heir he. lord. man who had robbed him there were motives of policy which withheld him from his prey. that made them sicken and it was And the king. will For a from had much learned Canek great magi cian concerning the use of poisons. let thy daughter swear . die while there was no was With Canek the case different.".O : know what die. how to secrete them in water jars. to which he would be en The king titled at the monarch s death. and that Maya heir to the must not throne. so that those who pitfalls might drink should not chief said ". was not a ".he true.". yet he was stub born Still in his thirst for vengeance upon the of his betrothed.
133 when he is weaned. Then will come to Mani and adopt him as my own and be his father. his revenge.So shall it Thus Peten-Itza said to himself ". the king answered.Release that she will send her child. for was not thy daughter first promised to me. and is not that my And shouldst thou die before the right ? child come to manhood let it be ordained that shall reign in thy stead and the child I I after me.". but : It is only for a time. back to thy court.". And be. stifled ". When am I ruler ". the altar shall smoke with their blood ! .
". for she was eager to of her husband. but that they must dwell far from the homes of men.CHAPTER EXILE XXII forth and and her lord Maya from the might depart together city. each one saying ". and that when her child was weaned it should be sent to the royal court to be brought up as the heir the king that came THEREUPON proclaimed to the throne. : 134 . and being not a mother she knew not how hard it yet would be to keep her word. So Sandoval was released from his bonds and Maya s maidens gathered around their mistress to bid her farewell. nor seek longer to abide with the people they had betrayed. Maya promised save the life all. and she asked: Will none go with us in our exile ? And many answered.
Exile ". let us make our home. and in them we In may live together as daughter and her lord. becomes a king s Our love will grow the greater in solitude. They counselled together as to the where they should dwell and Maya ". Before the sacrifices had been celebrated left the city.Whether we a palace art it or in the wilderness. for there there are stately dwellings. place said : Uxmal. for they loved her greatly. the city of my fathers. She chose from among them her best beloved. until perchance upon some happier day we may return. long deserted. for Maya abhorred as deeply as her husband the immolation of human victims. maidens also ing and death.I 135 will follow thee.". And Sandoval answered dwell in : ". wherever thou they will be paradise. and the hearts of her shrank from scenes of suffer . for he would know whither the exiles were gone and see that they were watched and tended in their solitude. and thou again become the leader of my people. and the king also sent as their at tendants a few of his most trusted men.".". They were glad to escape the gloomy rites.
though there were obstructions here and there. beside the doorways they stood before a majestic building three stories high. a building which seemed to Sandoval one of the noblest structures he had ever beheld. They sat beneath the great arch way. for sad had been the havoc wrought by hurricanes and warring tribes since Mayapan had fallen. and should be toward was easier to travel than the forest paths. where long rows of chambers upon the figures . with the long roots of elms winding around their masonry.1 36 Maya told her followers that their course Maya Uxmal and by way of Kabah another deserted city for from Kabah to Uxmal there was a causeway. Upon the third day they came to Kabah. Maya said . upper floors were approached by a broad exterior stairway of stone. that were sculptured as lux uriantly as the temples of Mother India herself they examined the stuccos of strug gling eagles within the halls and the col umns of sapote wood carved with grotesque . and walked in front of the facades*. which had been the king s highroad. and Sandoval wandered with Maya among the lofty buildings that were falling to de cay.
Shall I tell thee Sandoval was eager to hear thus began : it and she . abode of treason.Exile nothing but seemed lost in reverie. ". and he asked the cause of her sadness.". the story?". as if 137 she were overcome by some unhappy memory. In Kabah dwelt the Dwarf who stirred the embers of revolt ".This against our royal house.was the city. first she answered.
used in the Maya festivals.\ that this was to be the signal of the mon arch s fall. that in a certain year the sound of a silver tunkul* would be heard throughout the land in harmony with the tinkling of a silver ^oot. yet no matter how joy and ous the occasion. He reigned in splendour and his people loved him. men wondered at his secret grief.CHAPTER XXIII AHCUNAL ". T^HE 1 Mayas lived for many generations under the Tutul Xius. Nohpat was the last king who dwelt in Uxmal. he never smiled in prosperity . 138 . and that he who had made the sound would sit upon the monarch s throne. Here in Kabah he built the palace upon ". * f A wooden drum much A musical bell. There was an ancient prophecy ". Nohpat knew that the time was drawing near for the fulfilment of the prophecy.
but the thought sat ever at his side that he was to be the last shadow king of his ".In line who should rule a in Uxmal. ". for he noticed that she spent her days in meditation crouched in a corner of her cabin with her eyes fixed on a large stone in the middle of the hearth. he walked in of the garden. but Xibalba. She was a widow and of her descendants one only Kabah dwelt survived. for the gods had foretold that he who won the throne should be accursed. poor and old. where they were hidden. but honoured for her wisdom and her knowledge of hidden things. Ahcunal. he bathed in the clear waters of the pool and strove to forget his doom. but crafty and of a daring spirit. crippled in body. Ahcunal guessed that his grandmother had a secret. the . So she buried her treasures and told no one of the place ".Now and she cal widow knew the prophecy had kept for many years the magi instruments by which it was to be ac complished. ". floating conduct. her grandson. but she feared to bring them forth.At first he could not understand her evil spirit. woman. a dwarf. Men called him the the Diviner.Ahcunal which we the cool are 1 39 now gazing .
he raised the stone and found beneath it the two silver instruments. ". One morning Ahcunal made a little hole in the jar which she carried upon her shoulder so that the water would spill to the ground and she must remain to stop the leak. both very old and beautiful. It may be left fire ". and with out a thought he beat the tunkul and he shook the %pot until the sound was heard through all the cities of the land even to the mountains beyond Uxmal. They told him that the only way whereby he might avoid his they . The old woman went forth every morn ing to the city well for water and to the market for food. The king upon his throne listened and trembled then he asked counsel of the priests about him and they brought forth the records of the prophecy.140 Maya in into the cabin at night. owed Nohpat an ill turn. but always returned quickly lest someone should search the cabin while she was away. Scarcely had the hut when. she . for they gave him strange advice. pushing away the and cinders. whispered to him dreams that there was a treasure under that stone. The Dwarf knew nothing of the prophecy.
xFour times were fruit and basket shattered but the Dwarf suffered no harm. and Ah ".Ahcunal 141 impending doom was by calling upon the Dwarf to undergo with him a new and Each was to cause singular ordeal. the new king reigned wisely. So Nohpat gave the challenge and Ahcunal accepted it. and a placed upon warrior chosen strong by the king seized a club of stone and beat upon it with all his force.2JUL was to have the kingdom. Then Nohpat came down from his seat to submit to the same ordeal. a basket filled cunal was carried to the throne. She rubbed upon . for he counted upon the skill and he of his grandmother to protect him did not reckon in vain.lt. either the survivor sf&. but at the first blow he fell lifeless to the earth.At first He . nuts to be broken success baskets of palm head of the other. his champions met at the appointed with palm nuts was the head of the Diviner.The place. refused to dwell in the palace of the Tutul Xius and converted that vast structure ". and when ively over the fell so that he could rise no more. head an invisible plaster of obsidian powder so hard as to defy the sharpest blows.
For himself house which
into the great hall of justice. he built a small but beautiful
stood upon a steep and lofty pyramid and overlooked the temple where dwelt the virgins of the Sun and for the old enchant
ress he erected another building, high mound a little distance off.
king under the protection of KineChild of the Sun," whose
in the chief
image was worshipped
of the city, and she warned him that the god would cease to smile upon him if he
bring happiness to the people. promised her everything, but
after a few years she died, he forgot the lessons she had planted in his mind and became the slave of his own passions. He
turned their temple into an abode of de At last the god forsook him bauchery.
one night a great noise was heard in the temple of Kinehahau, and the next day it was found that the image of the deity had
Dwarf promised his nobles would put in the place of the van ished deity a still more powerful god. He called together his most skilful workmen
disappeared. "But the
and commanded them to make
saying that he would give life so that it might be placed in the flames
and they would have no power to harm it. The image was finished, but scarcely had it been touched by the fire before it was consumed. Then Ahcunal made a statue of stone, but it crumbled with the heat Then the king called into a mass of lime. together the potters and commanded them This remained long to make a god of clay. in the fiery element and then stirred with life, and the people fell upon the earth to worship it, for the Diviner had brought
the spirit of evil into the
new god. another wonder followed.
the gods of
disappeared, they cursed the king and
and Ahcunal filled their places with images of clay and to these the people gave divine honour until the dwellers in Uxmal became known as Kuul-Katob or
the worshippers of clay idols. "But the king had loaded his subjects with such burdens that loud murmurs
rose and at last the
of the provinces
marched against Uxmal to overthrow the The city was taken and hated Dwarf.
given over to spoil and carnage, the Di viner perished on the threshold of his own
palace, which he defended with desperate courage, and the dynasty of the Tutul Xius
again restored. the people of
Uxmal would no
longer dwell in a capital which had been cursed and abandoned by the gods. So
moved the seat of government to Mayapan, which had long before been wrested from the Cocomes. The great city was rebuilt, and for a time the dynasty was re-established in all its power.
is once planted, even crop be swept away, many seeds remain which bring forth in time a plentiful harvest of suffering. The
wicked deeds of the Dwarf were the be ginnings of the sorrow which has fallen
upon our kingdom.
look with sadness upon the place whence sprang the parent of that brood
tendants followed AND
the causeway that
There were no
horses nor wheeled vehicles in those days and this road had been built for those who
afoot, for travellers
the runners of the king, for the men who carried litters, and for the merchants with
their trains of
feet in breadth
burden bearers. It was eight and was laid in white smooth a little above the land around
and the people called
not a long
in leisurely fashion,
days were ample for its accomplishment. Indeed even a few hours had been enough
or bearing his
to the subject city. for the first time Sandoval
Now and Maya began to enjoy together the wonders of the Yucatecan forest. On the embassy to PetenItza they had been borne in litters apart from one another, but now the Spaniard was no longer a god, but an exile, and could share with his bride the simple joys of the wilderness. So much better is it to be a
than a deity
So he and Maya,
attendants, listened to the
to the multitudinous voices of the forest
people learn their music and the songs of the harvest, while the bees humming amid
blossoms taught them how sweet and honourable was daily toil. Proud is the warrior with his dancing plume, but just as honourable the husbandman who hoes his milpa and gathers the corn and in the bright generations of our golden age the wars were few and the harvests were plentiful. There were no walls or turrets for defence, for none assailed, and the skilful workman was honoured alike with the chief.
Legends ". the high-priest : next day came again to see what mark of For living creature was upon the ashes. In its joys would I find happiness if it lan my . above them poured all his soul into the melody he sang to the mother bird who was hovering above their hanging nest.Couldst thou sing a strain more tender and affectionate?".". for its destiny is bound forever with mine own. whatever he should find. guished I should be filled with sorrow. with that being my own fate was to be forever joined. upon the altar fra and blossoms and and leaves grant twigs then laid me naked upon the white ashes. Maya continued Above all birds love the oriole. 147 she added. and . now high and clear. whether beast or bird or crawling thing. which my tiny form pressed till they were smooth then he bore me away and the old. now soft and low. When was yet a babe only a few days : I I brought me to the tem There he burned ple. as an song. Listen to that oriole And as they listened to the notes. with the mother bird answering quietly and the little ones chirping while the breadwinner went forth and returned with some new morsel. ".
that Ixtab shall change me.148 in Maya its the hour of death my soul should also enter the land of shadows. Black it was at its sides there fell deep streak- some dark fluid its had been poured upon its back. Suddenly Sandoval started and drew Across the pathway lay back amazed. talking they fared through the forest over the shining road. so that I may : sing to thee till thou thyself shalt come.". stretched beneath their feet a mighty ser pent glistening in the sunlight. somewhere lives the bright bird with black came and yellow plumes. he found the foot-prints priest Therefore I know well that of an oriole. belly was the colour Beautiful it was. and their joy Thus was perfect. And when the again. mate as I love thee. Its neck was long and slender and its graceful head was swaying above and ings as if to and fro. while of the red-ripe orange. The blue eyes and the black came often together in their glances.". . it is into her form together. whose the burden of life shall bear in my destiny. And after a pause she added quietly But well I know no bird ever loved its ". Somewhere the forest she and her mate are singing now And if I die.
with its thick body and its tapering tail, but to Sandoval it seemed hateful, and he seized from the wayside a strong sapling to de
will not harm said Maya, and and lifted it from she stooped thee," the path, stroking its neck until it lay quiet upon her shoulder, with its long form coiled around her waist.
within the jungle that bring certain death to all they strike. Such thou mayst well
destroy, but the things that
why A little
slay farther on they heard a plaintive and upon the topmost bough of a
small tree there perched a dove, Cucutcib, cooing for her mate. And Maya said
Some curving neck! think she seems more tender
jealous of her love and once she left her nest because she doubted him. Dost thou
the tale as
Sandoval had not heard it, so Maya told it had been sung by the poets of
the tiny eggs in her soft the artful squirrel, toss
tail, and he climbed up to bending twig close to the quiet bird. My friend/ he asked, why wilt thou always stay unsociably at home, and never
ing his beautiful
when we make
the forest merry
with our gambols
mate is absent, answered the must not leave the nest till he re
A pretty mate is thine, forsaken bird saw him answered the crafty squirrel. to-day in a green ceiba, and he was wooing
by these poisoned words, the dove forsook her nest and flew to the great tree,
but she found not her mate, and when she returned the frail eggs were shattered, for
devoured them and the were strewn upon the ground. Then the heart of the poor mother was filled with despair and she moaned in her sorrow
the squirrel had
the squirrel has de Cuuc-tu-tu^en, and this is now her cry forceived me
* See Le Plongeon, Here and There in Yucatan.
faith, or leave
would doubt thy
They walked on together far into The air was balmy and it was night.
see the lofty
away they could
dwellings and temples of Uxmal. moon was shining clear and cold full
face of the great palace fathers had reigned for
This noble edifice appeared to Sandoval even more impressive and stately than the
It did great mosque of his own Cordova. not cover the same vast area, but it had the
advantage of a lofty position upon the sum mit of three successive mounds, rising one above another. And its gleaming wall was surmounted by a gorgeously decorated cor nice, where grecques, masks, statues, and bass-reliefs were thrown together in con
said the rich voice
at his side,
the city of my not betrayed us
sighed, thinking of the fair
days that might have been
upon the answered
then looking side, he
But just as precious will be a quiet life with thee alone." And she answered with her eyes though she spoke not.
next morning they passed over the that had once been occupied by
the great city.
The dwellings of the people
had crumbled, and fresh young The exiles grown over them.
tered the inner precincts of Uxmal through the gate of what had been the city wall
dividing the palaces and temples from the This wall was built larger town without.
it was neither high nor broad, had been intended, not for defence but seclusion to keep the sacred city from the
of stone, but
And now they ascended the
upon which stood the palace of the king.* They walked around this noble edifice and looked into the chambers, swinging wide
sculptured representation of a Maya cabin. solid masonry.courtyard! Jrounding court they saw on each of its sides a facade On the north a broad of wonderful beauty. . they came upon the -!_Hou-jL the on the second terrace.". To the south was another long structure with many entrances and over each the . with white cornice of columns. upon which stood a palace with thirteen doorways and wide masonry over each door a triangular turret of richly sculptured stone. and a little to one side. and its simple that this had once been the Maya explained Turtles. Passing behind the palace. where two interlacing serpents were twined around the square panels of the cornice. It 4 was composed a of four long structures surthis Entering ".which to-day men call the Nunnery. flanked with piles of decorated stairway led to a high terrace. queen s dwelling. richly rooms built of great doors of sapote Within were dark carved. with thatched roof and the image of a man in the doorway. to the great building Then they went on .154 the Maya wood. To the west was a range of buildings elaborately adorned.
House of the Just behind it rose the Diviner.* erected by the Dwarf. with head-dress like those on Egyptian monuments. and in relief against the three upper ones was a human face. there was none of more admirable design than this. Uxmal had been forsaken for several ". Over the middle door were three grotesque masks of human faces. with rings in the ears and tongue hanging from the mouth. increased in length as they rose from the door to the top of the cornice. there was a plain wall pierced by a cornice of stone lattice-work with a border above and below. approached artificial . and he well deemed that its unknown architect had been one of the world s great artists. one above the other.Uxmal 155 But the most exquisite of the four build ings around the courtyard was that upon the east side. * The House of the Diviner was built upon the summit of an the base. one resting on the platform on top. indeed. Now to Sandoval it seemed that of all the buildings he had ever seen. mound some ninety feet high and oval at There were. while in the lattice above each of the other doors were eight horizontal bars. two buildings on this mound. with a These bars serpent s head at each end.". Over five entrances.
overlooking the Nunneiy. was in this eastern edifice that Santheir doval and Maya resolved to take up abode. one and reached by a .The beginning structure on the remained Sun. . ". But the noble entire. but it was all the more beautiful east.". trees. not only because the chambers were commodious. They chose for their dwelling the six middle of this building. by a broad. swift in this very fiery land of alternate hu and a growth of small drouth midity . bushes. and the men sent by the king took up their quarters in the structure south at the of the courtyard. in its It softened tints. and to appear upon had already begun the stone roofs of the build cacti ings and in Temple of the The bright hues on its stone lattice-work had become dimmed. similar stairway from the west. but because the temple itself had been linked with precious memories of the sacred order of which Maya had been the chief. story lower.Maya The forces of destruction are generations. apartments while the maidens occupied the rooms on each side. some places the walls were to crumble. steep stairway from the east the other.
They wandered The feathered serpents coiled around the cornice west of the courtyard. and holding in its open jaws the destinies In many places there appeared of man. But oddest of all to Sandoval were the ". Maya said that ". which he saw at dif ferent places on the outside of the buildings as well as the vaulted ceilings of the cham bers within. the sacred sign they felt the strength of the great healer and his inspiration. and that when men touched Cab-Ul.the each of these ".Uxmal 157 Here. she said. often among the buildings of the deserted city. and Maya told her hus band the meaning of the sculptures and in scriptions. intertwined with the wisdom of Zamna. the power of Kukulcan. als. which were built in the same . stood for working hand of Zamna the power by which the wise god wrought his wonders.triangular arches". the impression of a small red hand which seemed as though it had been dipped in blood and then pressed upon the wall. in the ancient sanctuary of the vest Sandoval and Maya dwelt together in such perfect joy as the gods grant only to lovers during the first bloom of married life. one holding in its mouth a human head. portrayed.
This does not mean that Uxmal has any thing to do with Mycenae. it means simply that the human mind. just the It way in lands far same manner towards its solution.How. keystone is laid above them. The walls come close to but no gether. there Maya He wondered much was no keystone. he at these curious structures and could not understand why Maya He spoke seem to of this defect.158 way. what ". The Mayas had come far along the pathway to that discovery. takes a long time for even a simple prin ciple like that of the keystone to be fully understood. of the Mayas. The problem was to span great spaces with small blocks of stone. but they had not reached the end. be better than they they were ? To us the making of an arch may seem a simple thing. yet mankind laboured many centuries before this thing was understood. ". there is In the arch of Mycenae something quite like these structures". and when the Roman at last . working centuries in the same through long sought by the same means to do the same thing. she asked. and the Maya and the Greek struggled on in apart. but she did not to know ".could meant. Egypt never solved the problem/ nor even Greece.".
UXMAL THE NUNNERY. PART OF WEST FACADE .
and within. a number of valuable objects images. upon which was written in hieratic characters the history of the Tutul Xius. a treasure-house. then upon the other there was no back to the volume. Some of these. opened the way toward cavities be Maya told him. amulets. . neath. fold after fold. strangest of all. and the when was abandoned grain. to . One of these vaults which lay close to the building where they dwelt was. gold ornaments. city had been of them used as many hidingwere places for things of value. as and when Sandoval went down into the chamber. others were storehouses for cisterns. it.Uxmal discovered architecture. strip of this paper several yards and long perhaps half a foot wide was A folded like a screen so that first it might be read upon one side. he discovered a jar of terra cotta. 159 a he marked new era in Sandoval also noticed a number of flat stones on the terraces. pre cious stones and. curiously ornamented. but the whole was bound between two wooden covers delicately carved. which upon being lifted. an ancient manuscript made of a paper of crushed maguey leaves. she said.
gt. like the * As incomplete arch which shows the Chinese language. she explained to him the nature of the characters. for.160 Maya each of which an end of the paper was firmly attached. then an arbi * and in a few cases. the sound of the word represented as in our own alphabet.! was was but Writing of this sort is hard to understand. Maya had been taught the meaning of the signs. The correctness of this seriously questioned. but the thought was one picture was of which no drawing could be given. could be shown by if the made. and without difficulty she read to Sandoval many chapters from the heroic periods of her country s history. . As Maya and Sandoval examined the writing. trary symbol was used where neither the picture nor the sign plain enough. Whenever anything a picture. yet there is little doubt that phonetic characters were occasionally used. in the f Bishop Landa has Maya alphabet. Such a manuscript might seem to us a crude jumble of bad pictures and unintelli gible signs and yet to him who understands it it has a deeper meaning than the choicest engraving or the most delicate Elzevir.J &. since given us the is &.gt.
the sum It of is all permanent human know the living evidence of a great ledge.Uxmal 161 struggle of this people towards higher creations in architecture. . in the chapter history of the struggle of mankind from ignorance from darkness into light. Codex in the Royal Library of that city. and the efforts to decipher them have up to the present among them the Dresden time been attended with only partial success.* * Several of these to knowledge.page~ mankind advanced from which steps by^ the rough picture-writing of the savage to the alphabetic characters in which are pre served the masterpieces of literature and written form. historic. They contain records of a mythical. it tells the Story OF fortsto perpetuate their thoughts in It shows on a single". and the Codex Perezianus in the National Library at Paris. besides others in private hands. and ritualistic character. the Codices Troano and Cortesianus in Madrid. are still Maya manuscripts extant.
the . more than lost for in the slimy contact with Canek the name and memory of his mother would grow hateful to him. beautiful boy would be lost to her forever.CHAPTER XXVI THE CHILD some months a chubby AFTER the child was born. the brief time of his nursing that just as the young soul would awaken and the childish prattle would begin. Nay. Maya felt a stab as sharp as if a keen knife had pierced eyes and fair hair. There . love there For with the dawn of mother came that this sweet also the dreadful thought treasure was hers only for . boy with his father s blue first pressure of the tiny hand against her breast. But even with the her heart. But among until the Mayas 163 a child is not weaned during the third year.
she thought So many things Canek is old. the lap. The boy s eyes grew big with wonder. and in some happier hour the child shall reign and his father and may still abide with him.The Child was still 163 a breathing-time for joy and ten derness. surely I my father will relent and my lord and will go with the boy back to the palace. her hope more anx ious. ". child. and ere that may happen time the gods may call him to Mitnal.". ! More than two is ! . The months went on until the child looked into his mother s face and smiled. If years!". the gleam had vanished. of light . sitting in his at mother s shining sunbeams which glittered with those countless part icles that float forever in the atmosphere. as the three sat together in their shadowy chamber. and her fear of the parting more fever ish.that a long while he should die. clutched the But the father line s face passed in front of the and when the little hand reached out. the bonds of her love grew stronger. and the bright rays streamed through a narrow cranny at I the side of the curtain drawn across the doorway. With each day that passed. and one afternoon.
They placed him in front of the low altar upon which stood a curiously moulded their understand them statue of Ixchel. but ! how perfectly we and As the years pass words grow plain we may not know the meaning half so well. Maya held strange contour of the image. the chubby hand seized his father s beard with a shrill outburst of laughter at his great discovery. until seeing that face and shadow always came together. One day they brought the boy to a chamber on the north side of the courtyard which they used as a place of worship. Again and again he struggled possess it.1 64 Maya the father s face Then was withdrawn and Again the sun the child clutched again. and still the mother s arm gently withheld him. to Yet afterwards. What swift ways have these little ones to twine themselves are about our hearts ! How winsome They cannot their trustful smiles ! talk to us. until at length he gave over the pursuit of the forbidden pleasure. and the baby hands reached out to grasp it and to feel the rough. . beam disappeared. his arms were stretched forth and his little fingers. whenever he came near the image. again and again contracting. him back.
answer us ? . Thus do we stretch our hands. . Or riches. set forth 165 hope to grasp more plainly than words his longing for the thing he dared not touch. . striving. Death hides even love within We know not we are borne and thither and with outstretched hither to and who shall arms cry the winds For pitiless the tomb. and He who knows all things may tell better than we whether the image we would clutch is Is it fame ? Fame which moth and rust corrupt before our eyes ? Or is it love ? worth the vanishes.The Child though they might not the precious form.
THE GODS DECREES
the surrounding AFTER
Uxmal had been abandoned and milpas had become
overgrown with rank vegetation, the neigh There bourhood grew to be unhealthy. were marshy tracts without drainage and the great aguada which had formerly sup plied the city with drinking water had now,
* The aguadas^were the public reservoirs built by the Mayas throughout Yucatan. They are immense struct
ures for the keeping of water during the dry season. One of them is situated within half a league of Uxmal. Great
has the appear
ance of a natural lake.
prolonged and the water is there can be found large square stones cemented together, with other stones laid alternately beneath in many layers.
the dry season is withdrawn from the edges
Under the deepest
The Gods Decrees
The Mayas, notwithstanding the instruc tion of Zamna, were little skilled in the laws
of hygiene, and
was known that
remained near the forsaken
were stricken by disease, this was thought^" to be due to the wrath of the gods, who had ) cursed the place defiled by the evil conduct/ of the Dwarf.
did not share this superstition of
her countrymen, and she feared not to dwell
amid the scenes that were dear to her. But on the other hand she could not know, nor could her husband tell her, of the miasma that lurked in the jungles around the ancient It was her custom to bathe her capital.
in the cool
waters of the
aguada, but it was not long before she with concern that the child, who at
had been so strong and
He refused nourishment. He to languish. thin and weak, and each day, when grew
cisterns for the
purpose of keeping
the water which remained after evaporation and daily use had emptied the reservoir. When the agnada became
dry these cisterns furnished the last reserve of the com munity. There were several hundreds of these structures
distributed throughout the peninsula, a marvellous evi
dence of the industry and
most serious physical obstacle
the lack of water.
the fever came, his blue eyes
for a time strangely
and then, when the
would fade again and grow dim
sent to the king of the child s
and one of the royal physicians came from Mani to heal him, but all was in Each day the little voice grew fainter vain. and the thin arms clutched the mother s neck with feebler pressure. At last the final hour drew near and Maya s attendants stole from the chamber,
such a time the
parents must be
to struggle with their
The boy lay upon his mother s lap within shadow of the doorway. The father
in a dull
stupor at the suffering
body that was more to him than the wide world without, yet he so
helpless to bring comfort or healing
could not speak, he could not weep, he could not even feel. He fancied that the
was nothing but a dream and he watched the passing of this precious life with almost the same indifference as if it had been a stranger or a beast.
scene before him
The Gods Decrees
the sunshine creeping inward
across the floor and thought that now must be the middle of the afternoon.
He listened to a great fly that buzzed around him and reminded him, he knew not how, of his own country and some faroff time.
Then he wondered how he could be so
callous in this great sorrow,
traced the footsteps of brutish insensibility.
and he dimly mercy even in his
Then his grief returned, and the old ques came to him, the inevitable, the unan swerable, why the Great Power who knows all and can do all should suffer
these things to be, and his heart rose in rebellion against such a Providence.
sorrow enters our doorway, how we cast upon the darkbrowed stranger The face of one is hardened by the marks of defiance, while the calm features of another are softened
varied are the looks
by the tenderness of resignation. Maya felt more keenly than Sandoval
could possibly strings as the
the tearing of her heart from the little face
breathed no longer against her Yet when she knew that all was
over, she looked
up through her
covering his body with her mantle, she turned to Sandoval, her arms stole quietly around her husband s neck, and
she whispered He is not far away, nor will he ever be. I shall sing to him over the little mound as
used to sing by the side of his hammock,
cannot feel as strongly as women do the near presence of those who live no more. Sandoval did not seem to understand the words his wife had spoken.
He gazed long upon vacancy, nor could he be aroused from his lethargy until he had
Then the memories of a greater love awakened him, and he murmured ff Thou art still with me," and his tears
looked into her shining eyes.
mingled with hers as they drew aside the mantle and gazed together upon the face of
Maya had no
fear for the child
appointed Jour-days journey to. the land of the spirits, for well she knew that the grim
gods of death withhold their terrors at the passing of an infant s soul, and that the
and built a mound above him. it was rather to please her than to satisfy himself that he accom panied her. shudder as he gazed upon the things that brought to his remembrance that dreadful hour of death.The Gods Decrees children of paradise 171 forth to would come welcome him. for many times he felt a strange could hear. and covered all with used toys a great stone. and he sat upright in his narrow chamber while they placed upon and in his hands the images and he to love. her. at sunset the mother came At such times Sandoval was with silence. but he sat at her side in and he was less comforted than the mother. and she found hanging from the branches the nest of an oriole . she heard from a neighbouring tree the cry of a bird. And on Maya rites. for he doubted whether the child Indeed. according to the the child was buried in a little grave near the palace. his lap where each day to sing a lullaby. the fifth day. And one day. for such is mother grief that there are moments when even the dearest must not share it. Sometimes Maya came alone. while she was sitting by the mound and talking softly to the child be neath.
".". for the little one was deserted and alone. that her child Yet her joy was darkened by the thought had no longer the same need But she comforted of her care and love. ". There shall I see ever the same baby face and feel the same : . nest and brought it So she to her chamber and cherished the small foundling till it grew strong and sang to her.As his soul grows. herself with the reflection ". And when would say : it sped again I He is growing strong and happy and rejoice. happy in the the bird flew away.In my dreams he can never grow old and strange to me. into the forest she ". But she would not fetter the little creature in a cage. but often re turned to be fed from her hand and caressed And upon her bosom. she said.". and that its cry was took the the answer to her song.he must fly whither he will and be joyous and forest.172 Maya with one small fledgling whose parents had perhaps fallen victims to some beast or bird of prey. Well did Maya know that the tiny creature which had called to her was the soul of her own child. ".
". And when she and Sandoval spoke of it together they came to the conclusion that after all it might be that the decrees of the gods were wise and good. . and he will remain 173 my little was bet one forever. it Often indeed she realised that ter the boy had gone than that he should have lived to be consigned to the guardian ship of Canek and brought up in forgetfulness or hatred of the mother who had loved him so tenderly.The Gods Decrees caressing arms.
seen only in the tropics. night such as is The warm air was scented with a sweet aroma from the dense vegetation around them. The beautiful palace in which they dwelt lay at their feet.CHAPTER XXVIII THE CROSS NE evening Sandoval and Maya climbed rises to the steep steps of the pyramid that the lofty House of the Diviner. To the south rose the gables of the House of the Doves tra cing a clear silhouette against the heavens. The Southern Cross hung low upon 174 the . When they reached the summit they stood for a long time stars that blazed watching the groups of It was a above them. a little to the left was the stately palace of the king. while other pyramids and mounds beyond cast their sharp triangular outlines against the sky.
must receive the bearded strangers from But to thy people the meaning of the cross is not the same as with us.like thine and there in the that I rejoice symbol. for that shall still be to us an its everlasting it saw augury of happy days. ". would be hard to say what was the * In the books of Chilan-Balam of Mani. on our bridal night shining unclouded. To them it stands for the suffering of a God that saved the world.". ".The Cross edge of the heavens. With us it is the sign of the four winds _of gp". and although latitude it 175 in this has not the brightness that it at tains south of the equator. Is not that a better meaning than dost thou tell a god in torment ? Little of thy thoughts concern the ing deep things that lie beyond the me world It what then is thy belief?". Ahcambal. worship the sky is I cross. said own. .Our told that it great prophet. yet even here it forms one of the most remarkable constel lations in the firmament.tj)Mhe heaven. Maya.My people. ". whence come the clouds that bring the blessed rain which refreshes and restores /n X^ / the earth.* fore was under such a sign that we the East.
He told of the infinite gentleness of the .lt. a]lusiH-to the cross in their train a far pang of regret that from the path of So he spoke of the meaning of the sacred symbol with an earnestness and eloquence such as his wife had never heard before. followed no certain creed. and that the beloved of his soul would be forever at his side. though to tell the truth he put trust in her grotesque gods and strange superstitions. joined her in the outward observances of little her religion. His faith was in that chaotic condition. The Maya tongue would not utter his full meaning. s &. so he fell into his own Castilian. common which to many of the sons of earth. . Yet the roots of the faith of his child hood still clung to him and the memories awakened by Maya brought he had wandered so his fathers. and suffering.1 76 Maya form of Sandoval s faith since his precise He had marriage to the Maya princess. but deemed that if men were to be judged it would be rather by their lives than by their beliefs that there was somewhere a pro arm that in the great unknown tecting there would be found shelter against harm .
Maya. They then descended hand in hand and be took themselves to their own chamber. House of the Diviner looking at the Between the four great stars at its extremities a multitude of lesser ones appeared that grew brighter as she watched them shining mass of until light. although she had learned the out lines of the tale on that first night at Mani. It was a weird phantasmagoria. is and ever shall be the wonder of the world. in reverent awe.The Cross Man 177 of Sorrows. of the lessons of humility and peace taught by the wanderer. of His the sad willing sacrifice and cruel death story which. affected was she at the recital that she could not speak but took her husband s hand. rising deep red on the horizon. in its simple grandeur. had never yet realised the beauty and ma So deeply jesty of the Christian faith. filled the sky with a spectral and supernatural light. First she seemed to be standing with Sandoval on the terrace of the Southern Cross. the whole formed a . That night Maya dreamed. holding all men. believers and unbelievers alike. and after he had ended they stood long in sil ence upon the high pyramid until the moon.
And now from lations and amid the flames there was a counte nance which Maya knew only too well. Then dissolved and bright garments fell upon the figure and it floated upward through the heavens. songs so soft and caressing that he smiled at them through And among the chil his tears and pain. was and outlined human figure. face of her boy. and there grouped were flames that leaped up toward the shining form. the children following.178 Maya cross there Then upon the the form of a tiful. far beneath. fair and beau suffering but with sorrowful countenance. who. but they might not touch it. held out his little hands to the sufferer just as he had held them out in life to the children. floated the cross image which he might not touch. . for it bore the cruel lips and leering eyes of His gaze was fastened upon one Canek. Soon the constellations round about grouped themselves into the forms of and the little ones had wings and around the figure on the cross and sang as they passed. and the old chief the face. as he floated by. the constel themselves again. struggled to clutch him and drag him down But the arms of the into the flames. dren was her own boy.
and so indeed it was. and folded him to his own breast. reader. thou wilt say. to the orthodox expounders a most grotesque con of either religion glomerate. a faith that would not be at all satisfac Thus it was tory.The Cross 179 beautiful being who had risen from the cross stretched forth and took the child. . her heart was with a great love for the bright god who had plucked her child from danger and shel And tered him in his affectionate embrace. too will worship him. where he if rested as quietly and confidingly as the bosom of his mother. and she added 11 Thy god is better far than ours. Yet it gave them comfort. Let me keep only my paradise and the birds that sing in the branches of the tree of life and in all else I will follow thee and thy God shall cheer and comfort And filled : I us. upon as Maya dreamed. that they established a com trait Christian and half pagall posite Talth. I fancy. whatever that faith may chance to be.". when she awoke she turned to her husband and told him her vision. Neither Zamna nor Kukulcan nor the Sun s Eye is such as he. and was perhaps not harder to explain than are some of the tenets of thine own faith.
ruled in that part of the country had lured them to his city and at north-eastern chief who tacked them from ambush. so there had been a great slaugh ter among the Maya warriors.CHAPTER XXIX THE INVADERS now there came to the AND who The king at Mani the news of bearded strangers had landed on the coast near the corner of the peninsula. was the fear lest they Such were the tidings brought by swift 180 . but they had swords of a strange sharp metal which hewed to pieces all that stood in their way. At last the strangers had gone back to their winged canoes and now they were sailing along the shore. but great should land again. and they carried weapons charged with thunderbolts which slew their assailants from afar.
the counsellors of Ahpula were di Some urged him to join the tribes of the north in driving out the invaders. . Now vided. might perhaps tell him what kind of men were these strange beings. The Spaniard doubted whether he should go . while others said it would be unworthy of the king to rebel chief. his ruin. perhaps this was another trap set for But Maya said : I will go with thee . and the chief who them besought the men of Mani and the neighbouring tribes to arm and come straightway to the coast that all might fight together against the strangers. make common cause with a was in sore doubt what who Then he bethought him of Sandoval. of his ally their friendship.The Invaders sent 181 couriers to the king. and he he should do. and should they plot against thee I will bring to naught their devices as surely as I thwarted the schemes of Canek on the day he had ap pointed for thy sacrifice. should against his rebel So a messenger was sent to Uxmal to bid Sandoval come to Mani with all speed. ".". and how worthy he become lords.
But when the king asked whether the white men would establish him upon the throne. and declared that he who had been a false god in the past was now a traitor. . the council saw how his when it was told him that his eye glittered own people had come to the Maya land. He who and told the king that there were none could withstand the strangers. When Ahpula told him of the white men. stood the ways knew that of his countrymen and no other peace could be made with them. and that the better plan offer would be to join them them his friendship. Sandoval was strangely moved. and when he spoke of submission.1 82 So they went Maya at the they appeared forth together. they cried out Those who sat at against him. and together king s council. for memories of his youth came back to him when he heard of the coming of his coun trymen. and the thought dawned in his heart that perhaps the days of his exile were drawing to a close. Sandoval answered that this could only be if Ahpula should accept their religion for his own and acknowledge the great monarch who dwelt beyond the sea for the Spaniard under .
and at the serpent with a tiger in its mouth. Then the king sent his troops to the westward to drive away the strangers. The lord of the place had at first made them welcome. for the word was the that the great canoes had sailed thither. nor had he yet learned the will of So he had the king concerning them. for he knew not who they were. all cut in stone and six teen paces long. hares. partridges. and bread. First army marched to the northernmost harbour that lay Kimpech. her sake Ahpula would not suffer the hand of any to be raised against him. shown worn friendship to and clasped him in his the foreign captain arms. and the strangers had at the won dered greatly at the splendour of the city square tower upon whose front was graven the image of a god with wild beasts on either hand. veni son. upon the western coast.The Invaders Had side it it 18} but for not been that Maya was at his would have gone hard with him. Here they found that the white men had already come and gone. and the Mayas had given to the newcomers all manner of provisions. . and each had the other s garments. cocks.
bad fight. the leader of this . At last the Spaniards sailed away south ward along were sent to the coast. and they warned him not to barter with the strangers. Half their men were killed and well-nigh all were wounded. and swift couriers Mochcovoh. where there was another har bour and a city. after their ". met them on the shore and hurled upon them stones and spears and arrows until at last they fled back to their vessels. who ruled at Potonchan. and the king s army hastened thither to drive away the invaders. and when the strangers landed. yet the Mayas were undaunted.* * The place was afterwards named by the Spaniards the bay of Mala Pelea. Cordova.". when were burned they also would be consumed. At Potonchan there came forth fire and smoke and thunder from the great canoes. then the high priests brought forth a bundle of reeds and set it afire to show them the reeds that. unless they departed. and the Spaniards departed in great sorrow. nor give them food nor water except in exchange for their own blood.184 But Maya when the people of Kimpech saw that the strangers offered no worship to their gods.
fleet when along battle. us with great particularity that the leader Grijalva a tooth and a half". and was the the scorn cast upon Sandoval to Mani. . Meanwhile Sandoval had returned with expedition. army came back coast. but forthwith sailed on to Mexico. * Bernal Diaz. who afterwards wrote of the event. We were severely wounded in consequence and found our selves in a very awkward predicament. It The following year another the hovered followed the same course. These ". But as soon as we found we deceived ourselves in another more way.". died of his to Cuba. wounds a few days after his return Bishop Landa. a soldier who took part in the battle. lost tells ". also us stayed four days in this place and I shall never forget it for the locusts that we saw there.* Once more the strangers departed and nothing more was heard of them till Cortes came. in the struggle. Nor did the Great Captain stay in Yucatan. for we now mistook arrows for locusts and no longer sheltered ourselves against them. tells : We creatures kept flying in our faces and at the ment we were attacked by mistook the locusts out our mistake dreadful a shower of arrows same mo and we for arrows. and at Potonchan there was another and again the Spaniards fared badly and lost many men.The Invaders The Mayas now forever rid of their great 185 believed that they were unwelcome guests.
1 86 to Maya Uxmal. where they in Maya lived together many years knowing nothing deeds that ended Aztec kingdom. of the great the conquest of the .
open break between chief and king. the king had for answer nothing but postpone ments and excuses. for Canek hoped. .CHAPTER XXX CONSOLATION WHEN blasted his hills death Canek heard the news of the of Maya s child. given to the strengthening of his power elsewhere so that he might aid either the king or the rebels and become the leader of whichever faction he pleased when occasion might offer and to all appeals for aid. in the that his schemes might be renewed meantime. however. he the shut himself in his stronghold among of the south. his thoughts were . if Maya had another heir. which hopes of the succession. 187 . and nothing more was heard of his alliance with Ahpula for the There was no subjugation of the tribes.
San doval could hardly recognise his former . and offered to go with him. and when Sandoval examined it he found that it contained. he determined to make It was not long he found an opportunity. It was a poor scrawl. not Maya hiero glyphs. letter said that Maya. for he had not sure of his vengeance. for the writer even in his best days had little learning. This was indeed a surprise to him. when her husband told her of the request. One evening a messenger came in haste to Uxmal. until known The that the old sailor was living. followed by their attendants. they set forth together through the wilderness. and finding at last that he could not reach the throne. but Sando val was able to make out that it came from his former companion. Guerrero was stricken with mortal sickness and implored Sandoval to come to him. Guerrero.1 88 Maya make little Years passed and the old chief lived on. And so. but the script of his own Castilian. When they came to Chatemal and were brought to the dwelling of Guerrero. besought him to hasten to his dy ing comrade. bearing a letter written upon bark. yet he could headway in his schemes.
that the dying man looked upon her transfixed. was loving arms. while beside him stood spouse with children of every age But worse than his physical dis figurement were the traces of terror which overspread his countenance as he tossed from side to side upon his bed. Both in his dreams and in his waking hours he was tormented with remorse for his dreadful heresy. She told him the vision she had seen of the sad and merciful god upon the child cross who had plucked her from the flames and folded him in Such a god. So low was her voice.Consolation 189 companion in the old man. and images of the fiends and flames of hell came to plague him with menaces his stout size. who lay upon a bed of mats within his lodge. and adorned with rings and barbaric ornaments. But it was Maya who brought him the comfort that he sought. and when she ended. upon his features as he sank . at Church was not The help of Holy hand. so earnest were her eyes. hideously tat tooed. and he had sent to Sandoval in his despair. she said. a smile played to sleep. and of endless suffering. able to save and to forgive.
".190 Maya lingered for some to consciousness. in He woke days. were it when he and Maya planted a cross upon the grave. and : as they gazed ".With upon he said to her thee beside die. me it would be a joy even to . but never until after Sandoval remained the funeral rites Chatemal over.
191 . Suddenly they saw a dark figure gliding from one jungle to another. but he was not to be found. and the suspicion of treachery crossed the mind of Sandoval as he thought of the plots of Canek in the past. On the third night. Chatemal they had noticed that one of their attendants had disappeared. and she aroused her husband and so asked him what might be the meaning of many voices. while they slept in a small grove that lay in a narrow valley with thickets round about.CHAPTER XXXI CANEK with their train they journeyed On their way to to Uxmal. Maya was awakened by the cries of owls that seemed to be call ing to one another more than they were wont. They had back THEN sought him everywhere through the for est.
There were answering cries from every side and men rushed forth and sought to seize them in the darkness. lighted the forms of his assailants while he remained in dark he came home ness. Sanhe harder matter than back his doval stood with against the broad the an elm where trunk of moon. but he was answered . shining red and low behind him.192 Maya and they hastily aroused their attendants and stood upon their guard. and drag her away. the other fled. One his after another of the men of Peten-Itza as they drew near were struck in down by heavy sword. this would have been an easy task. He could long have defended himself this manner. Sandoval now defied the lord of Peten- Itza to single combat. seize her. In an instant he followed and felled one of them to the earth . them in sacrifice and this was a when had dreamed. All at once a hoarse shriek rent the air. was his plan to take his victims and offer . for his men outnumbered the followers of SanBut alive it greatly doval. Had Canek been content to kill. but suddenly he saw two of Canek s followers steal up behind Maya.
But some of his followers. but the struggle was a short one with a great blow the Spaniard felled him to the earth where he lay still in . who had hid den at the first onset. until a sudden panic seized the men of Canek and The old chief with wild impre they fled.Canek 193 by a mocking laugh as his foes drew near from every side to cut off his escape. 13 . he drew his at Maya . Then Sandoval and Maya gathered their followers together and swiftly and silently made their way through the forest back to Uxmal. The men of Peten-Itza had disappeared. trifling. cations sought to stay them. bow and discharged an arrow then he too turned and tied. but the it wound was heed. now began to gather and attack their enemies in the rear. and she gave little Sandoval followed close upon Canek s footsteps and at last brought him to bay. The in the arrow struck her shoulder. Finding that his prey could not be taken. leaving their chief alone face to face with his assailant. He defended himself with desperate courage. but in vain. death with a light of fierce hatred in his staring eyes.
but scarcely had the courier departed when there He came by another road an embassy from Ahpula with an important message. THOUGH Maya s wound was slight it hung by a thread. and after he had made obeisance and the envoy had descended from his litter. Sandoval went forth to meet the embassy at the city gate. they walked on. sent to Mani for the king s physicians. followed by their attendants. of the terrace and stood before the mid dle doorway with the great stone figure 194 .CHAPTER XXXII BEREAVEMENT and day by day she lan guished until at last Sandoval knew that the arrow had been dipped in poison and that her life did not heal. to the great building which in past times had been the palace of the When they had mounted the steps king.
: ".". Had this message come at any other mo ment it would have filled the heart of the exile with gladness. but stir he well knew would he have sent for that Canek would Yet the tribes to vengeance.Bereavement of Ahcuitok above 195 them. Then Sandoval told him of the struggle marvel. to thought that haunted him. is now that fear past. that the king s for the message not at side. ". daughter thy of Ahpula is for her also. He sends forgiveness and bids to you return with me to Mani and be him the same that you were in days of old. illness all. Therefore to me must thou deliver it and I will tell her Then the envoy declared in the forest. is and of Maya s wound and her which was so great that she could not come to hear the message of the king.I : he said. Is it too late?". soft voice of his upon the eyes daugh Long her.". .". for he knew how dear Maya was her father s love and how precious would be the long-delayed for But now a fear came with the giveness. the ambassa dor spoke ".".Ahpula yearns to look since and hear again the ter.
At first he could see nothing.196 Maya told the He ambassador that when the princess grew strong again they would set out together and he sent to Ahpula fit words of love and gratitude. he betook him self to his own abode. For even during her illness Maya had re the doorway of her chamber welcome him when he appeared. Then he heard the low sobs of her maidens and gradually he saw the forms gathered around the hammock where it. bent over and called she lay. mournfully above him and as he passed through the triangular arch into the inner courtyard of his own palace. A great fear fell he hurried anxiously up the upon him terrace and hastily entered the the of steps . for the first time in all the years they had lived together. The rooks circled in the sultry air. Then bid ding his men serve the king s messengers with all they might require. she was not there clined in ready to to watch for his return. but as he her by the fond . doorway. he cast his eyes up to the House of the Vestals to look for the smile which always greeted his coming. for his eyes had been blinded by the glare. But now.
At times her words were wild. a wail of despair broke from her lips. argy. were answered by later. for the face of Canek was before her eyes. and when in her delirium she spoke his name and words of tenderness broke from her lips madness. but her eyes moved elsewhere and it was plain she knew not that he whom she had called was bending over her.Bereavement 197 names which had never before failed to draw forth a look of tenderness and an answering caress. He could not let her thus slip away with he clung to her and bore her out a word in his arms back and forth across the room. he sought by every device of affection to rouse her even for a moment from her leth . and as he seemed to spring from the flames to clutch her child. a Sometimes his efforts low moan of pain. she neither moved nor gazed upon him. for the vision . Then she smiled. Her husband strove to comfort her with words hard to speak while quiet words mortal fear and anguish tear the heart tell ing her that Canek was no more and all in in these the even answer was well. he sought to find to his entreaties. but all in vain.
that she each other in swift succession across her And Sandoval. so her was heart. Yet what need even of this ? Had not all things been already spoken ? What fur quiet spirit ther proof could she give of a love that to had never faltered a . through which the phantoms chased stars into ". ! troubled soul. what charge one who during inmost longings of her heart ? For no look nor word had ever been put off till the final hour. even as it was formed. So clear had been her life. that she might him those final words that are with speak so precious in the hour of parting.198 of the Christ Maya form came to the her. prayed no longer might recover. ". Now let husband s hand and said to him. bearing her aloft boy through myriads of bright which the gleaming cross had and she reached forth and took her melted. Yet where is he knew life of utter confidence the who affection does not ask again the assurance of at a time when this assurance . as he hung over her and caressed her. but only that her might return. us follow them Thus the day passed and the long night after it. that her husband had single shared with her each thought and wish.
told her of the king s forgiveness and sought to cheer her with dreams of the He new life they should live together at her father s court.Nay. And she must sleep I love. it could never be. His prayer was answered. . for I a little with my child. oriole. as ceased. But fear of a bird. but under the tree of And while she spoke. and still dwell together. was heard without the She it knew then. On the fol she was lowing day. the smile the voice and listened. not have promised. not there. upon her lips faded and the soft eyes closed in death. for he knew even as he spoke that answered: ". her mind was clear and her old smile came back again. but the voice that told her this was choking. I will come to thee as in other days we shall not at Mani.". the song an chamber. life. though very weak.Bereavement must be the 199 for the final last ? So Sandoval hungered words of love.
CHAPTER XXXIII THE SONG wilt ask me. thus thy career or proud thy must end. the light of the sun went out with her and all things became grey dull When was The world eclipse. Shall it be thou thy beloved ? who must remain the mourner Happy ! the souls that take their flight together When Maya grew husband in s still and cold in her arms. reader. who was is its life such a pass and soul should But What more However or common destiny ? wilt thou have than a score of not that our cherishest ? happy years with one thou brilliant it station. been at his side to comfort him. what refuge there . his child died she had anywhere ? was empty. have brought my THOU I why it is that tale to that she perish. But now.
Thou art still with me. The bird seemed to hesitate. then the notes were clear and strong. he saw an oriole flutter through the doorway and light upon a strand of the hammock just above his head. while he lay alone within his chamber hopeless and desolate. and as he lay quite still.". One day. until at last he knew that the soul of her who had never parted from him in life could not stay away. if thou shalt return from death s dark chamber. come not back to me with and low at first. He would join her. he became the prey to desperate resolutions. he could But something which came back to him from the faith of his youth warned him against self-slaughter. A wild fancy this. nor . At first he determined to live no longer. the unknown voice of a stranger. and he gave over his intent. that Ixtab had changed her into the bird and she had come back to him as she had promised. not remain alone behind. he could feel it draw closer and even touch his face. with no soft eyes to call him back with the thought ".The Song 201 Dazed as he was. then gathering courage soft it began to sing. thou sayest ? But in what better form might she appear ? My love.
until life grew bright again and hope sprang once more into his breast. messages that may be sent hands. by the side of her child. notes filled with sweetness. nor could he tear him self away from a place made sacred by precious recollections. for he had laid her as she had bidden him. first A glance it was that throb which stirred my it ! Let the last sound that soothes be a song that has no words So it was a bird s voice that brought him back to earth. the king heard of Maya s death was filled with sadness. and each morning. when he awoke with tearful memories. the bird flut tered through the doorway of his chamber and sang such notes as came never from the throat of oriole before. but Sandoval would not have it so. and he sent to her husband asking him to bring his heart When her body to Mani and give it fitting burial. . Love needs no al awakened the breast. but come as a bird and will know thee and caress thee and thy notes dearer than all shall be a thousand times through alien phabet nor syllables.202 Maya 1 speak in senseless scrawls.
CHAPTER XXXIV SUBMISSION HE in lived alone for many little years. Francisco de Monauthorised by Charles V. and make slaves of the natives who had made many determined efforts to get a foothold in the country. who had been colonise the land resisted. to tejo. yet he heard wars and disasters that followed the coming and going of his countrymen did not disturb the deep calm which brooded over the for saken city wherein he had made his home. after Cordova and Grijalva had succes sively been driven from Yucatan. tives a desperate in two days He had fought with the na battle at the town of Ake.* * In 1527. In the following year tlement at Montejo established a small set Chichen-Itza but he divided his forces. for the Yucatan. . and although twelve hundred Indians killed. were field the interior. the invaders were merely able to hold the without the power to follow the retreating foe. During that time great things were happening of them. sending his lieutenant Davila to Bacalal. on the south- 203 .
At first a new league was formed against them. followed him for a few brief years upon the throne. The body of the king. was laid away in the tem ple. poems Tutul Xiu. and this time they came to stay. homes and to find gold. his heart was burned with precious perfumes. but while the white embarked Davila. where Montejo was joined by But this settlement at Campeche did not thrive. the ashes were kept in a gold summoned the priests sang his praises in reciting his great deeds. scattered to their eastern coast. The tribes. and a new monarch. but after a fierce battle they remained masters of the field. tying a hungry dog to the tongue of a large bell. . seated on his throne and clad in royal ornaments. and were the sufferings of the abandoned the peninsula. a distant scion of the house of chalice. as appears from the Maya Chronicle. 1536.* and Sandoval was to the obsequies. so great colonists that they * A.204 At last Maya Ahpula died. Those who remained after a desperate battle they escaped at night. for men fled to the coast. D. But it was not long before the Spaniards came once more to Yucatan. whose ringing deceived the natives behind were surrounded. greatly disheartened. whence they Campeche.
His followers in like manner laid their down arms and touched their fingers to the earth. San- knowledging doval the was often called to the councils of new king. Adel- antado of Yucatan. followed by his subject lords. himself and he resolved. to the When upon the he drew near the Spanish leader. in a He was borne superb litter shoulders of his nobles. appeared before the young Montejo. a large town in the interior. where he gave always the same advice urging friendship and sub mission to the strangers. to make the best terms possible for himself and his subjects. in 205 1540. . the young king saw that further resistance the the Spaniards founded at city of San Francisco de would be ing useless. 1541. and yielded submission to the crown of Castile. he descended. Finally in January. this last of the Tutul Xius. and raised his hands. with the inten tion of there establishing their capital.Submission when. Kimpech Campeche and advanced towards Tiho. by with the invaders and the ally ac sovereignty of their distant monarch. cast ground his bow and arrow.
crown of Spain. But the resistance of the that bow Cocomes 1 lasted only a of the little time. were slaughtered. whose eyes were put out and who was then sent back to Tutul Xiu to tell what answer base the Cocomes made they should to the to proposal the yoke of the stranger. all but one. sent messengers to many among to the lords of Zotuta. and city Maya 542. when prepared a wild boar s ambassadors. Merida was es in tablished and made the capital of the Spanish colony. hunt. on the site of Tiho.206 Maya to the Spaniards. a feast under for they gathered a great sapote tree. He stayed long among them. and upon his return to his own city. . but Nachi their chief. and invited the king who. He brought food tell He knelt before the cross and asked them to him of their faith. he sought to bring together the other tribes and make them friends and vassals to the He them Cocom.
but when questioned him as to his past life. little was learned of what had befallen him. had been a captive. as he might. had escaped the doom of sacrifice. he said. and gone to the driven from and had lived almost alone at Uxfled He had been man had a word. had Mani. and as no clew to his story. had been a slave in the little tribe of Taxmar. a 207 Of Maya he spoke not . he answered in the fewest words and told as in the land had men He had been cast ashore. king at that city mal for many years. he appeared.CHAPTER XXXV THE ORIOLE received from the king at Mani permission to go to his country in their now SANDOVAL men new city. they were greatly astonished that one who had been so long When come to them.
it was expected that he would take for his wife some one from among the Spanish families of rank and station who had migrated thither. to him. He dwelt became a for some years in Merida and the Spanish leading were confided matters Important capital. dur much had been for of the lapse ing years was little talk of his past so there gotten. that there one of the precious storehouses of memory. for he knew the Maya language and the Maya ways as did none other in citizen of this infant community. did not care to repeat the tale of their own folly. Some of his countrymen thought.208 The natives Maya who knew of the episode of godship. Moreover. were things in his life which he wished to hide. His daughter. and when the colony had been well established and land for a hacienda had been given to him. his brief career. which were not to be thrown open to the world. Among Millaflores these the family of the Count of was perhaps the leading one in the new society of Yucatan. . but in reality his silence was due mainly to the fact that the events of the past had been laid away in indeed.
stirred its green branches reclined in the in wind before his hammock and his eyes. she returned his interest and loved him ". with a devotion perhaps greater than that which he had sought to awaken. chita as she was called by her intimates. and more than all he was in prosperous circumstances. It was not therefore surprising that when his eyes fell upon the damsel. with a romantic past. but there were great palms that waved their long leaves above him.Maria ".". The copse had been cleared away.for the dangers he had passed". The surroundings of his new abode had been laid out with care. a little way off. Although Sandoval was now of middle age. as he listened to . So quickly do we forget past associations when their objects are no longer at our side. and a majestic ceiba. he was still a man of handsome figure and fine presence. 209 Con- de la Conception.The ". was a beautiful and accomplished maiden of eighteen summers. Oriole or ". that almost before he realised it he was betrothed and the time was set for the wedding. The day before the appointed ceremony he was taking his afternoon siesta in the garden of his hacienda.
his lonely the link between for the faith morse which the song awakened. as ceiba the song of an oriole. and he thought he could see the flutter of wings athwart the moon as it rose behind the ceiba. that had perched upon his hammock at Uxmal and sung to him in chamber.210 Maya fell the dripping of the water that artificial pool near at hand. Suddenly he heard in the branches of the the same. . troubled him which his recollections of the smiles and bright eyes of Conchita could not drive away. into an Yet in spite of his prosperous surround A vague unrest ings he was not happy. He arose and walked quickly through He sought to stifle the re the garden. it seemed to him. Yet the memory of the song haunted him all through the sleepless night. Surely Maya and the bird was no more than fancy The wedding was set morrow and he could not break ! with his affianced bride.
and upon the outskirts of the assemblage were multitudes of natives. The new bishop of IT the province was to receive the sacred vows. An altar had been raised upon a small eminence overlooking the town.CHAPTER XXXVI THE NUPTIALS was in a grove outside the city of Merida that the nuptials of Sandoval and his young bride were to be solemnised. and many dignitaries of the church officiated. drawn thither from curiosity to see the spectacle. for the foundations of the cathedral had just been laid and no church had yet been built of sufficient size to hold the throng. just before the 211 vows which . The solemn chant lytes had ended. The Spaniards in the city had come forth in great numbers. and of the priests and aco in the silence that fol final lowed.
bride. And now indeed the poor bird had hid den in the folds of his garments and the voice which called to him was choking : ".212 were to unite Maya Sandoval with his destined . The present became a puppet show a dream. there was heard the voice of a bird which had been fluttering in the air now descended and perched upon the hand that held the ring. his ears my voice would choke and my wings would droop and would hide from thee and mourn. reality It A the time was only that past which had when Maya had told him the time when of the great tree in paradise he had sworn never to forget and had in if voked upon himself the most terrible curses his heart should beat for any other than And her words echoed in his Maya bride. and an oriole The apparition startled standers.If I with despair. deathly pallor fell upon his face. thou shouldst seek another. Then his own words of aforetime re- .". The scenes of his past life thronged back to him. knew meaning. for never before But Sandoval alone even the by had they seen a its bird of the forest so daring.
And those of his household bore him back to his own home. Beneath the great tree ". was the consternation. he fell. we will dwell together. Every and it was soon effort to arouse him was in vain. earth nor in heaven nor amid the pains of be hell! Wherever thou art. for Mother Church allowed him a resting-place in holy ground. Preparations were made for his burial with all due rites.The Nuptials sounded in 213 his ear as if echo had been : chased to her innermost sanctuary leave thee. . the doctors called it. that it was a retribution come upon him for deeds of wickedness during his unknown life in the wilder ness. Some said. just as his lips were opening to pronounce the vows. there will I also. indeed. bly broke up in disorder and none could understand the cause of his sudden death. Apoplexy. clear that he had passed the assem beyond Great all human aid. neither in I will never ".Nay. and so no doubt it was. and they shall thy gods and thy paradise be mine ! Just as the final words wSSput to him.
away to . and at last side by side they two orioles that had been sing window took their flight to the spread their wings and soared gether into the blue sky. There the song of the birds resounded loud and clear.214 But those noticed that Maya who entered his chamber ing in the great ceiba which shaded the mansion.
CHAPTER XXXVII CONCLUSION /^ONCHITA \^4 a was swiftly consoled. The chiefs of Peten-Itza in their island stronghold maintained their independence for some time longer. but toward the end of the seventeenth century. and . Tayasal too was carried by assault and given its to the flames. population The manuscripts of the stroyed by order of the 215 new Mayas were de bishop. reduced were treated with that cruelty which has been the shame of Spanish do minion everywhere. and a great part of was put to the sword. for younger and wealthier man soon took the place of the one who had so sud denly failed her. in Yucatan was grad ually consolidated and the natives. The Spanish power to vassalage.
2 6 1 Maya of the temples were torn many cities. if place this for the Black Art even the Black Art can find a refuge . He who looks forth from their terraces over the waste of wilderness finds himself ". from whose doorways the magicians used to read the stars and foretell all things. which had been already when the invaders came. and its great buildings stand deserted to-day the brightest illustrations of the splendour of aboriginal art. asking. the Athens of which this was the this which Acropolis ? Where is the multitude to gaze upon the royal pomp of which this was the setting?". was suf fered to remain. Where is the great metropolis of group of palaces and temples was once the crown and diadem ? Where is the Moscow of which this was the Kremlin. the wind blows hard and we must steal cautiously through the arched cham bers. neglected by Maya and Spaniard alike. Ere the chill of night shall come. the stones used in the construction of down and new Yet Uxmal. At the top. slip will One A good now. let us climb the steep ruined steps that lead to the House of the Diviner. Yet take heed ! send thee headlong.
Such a great past speaks to us in inar : arrents such am And to-day. ". jrh 217 feetjmd ticulate. Are you wiser and worthier than .Conclusion anywhere. who and you despise my gods my kings and my prophets you who say that am the work of the savage how will men was I I I speak of you after the centuries shall have rolled over your heads and some higher civilisation shall have risen on the ruins of your own of you than ? Will the future know more you know of the builders of Uxmal ? they?".
I know her too. these are the same. no ruins so majestic. that in our Western told thee world there were no lands so weird. that the story I have is incredible. the All but sacrifices. reader. but her face and form and She is bearing. And For I the chief of these. no pomp and pageantry like that I have de scribed I ? that I have seen them all. born un der colder skies. and her unflinching heart. have trod the terraces and chambers of the have lain in the shadows of palaces. 218 . of another race indeed. thou sayest that no Maya ever lived. her gentleness. her constancy. have walked at her will tell thee that if I side for many years. the living actors were before me.L ENVOI Wilt thou say. the stately ceremonies. no caverns so fantastical. the senotes and dipped my hot palms in I have seen the cool waters of the pools answer thee I I : with the eye of history the battles.
Maya The 2IQ birds alone are the children of fancy. . and who shall say that Maya s paradise is I not as bright a goal tor longing hopes as gates of pearl and streets of gold andlhe ". who shall come back from that untrodden realm to tell me am wrong.eternal monotony of twanging harps around ? Ifgreat white throne THE END. and if their notes shall not be heard in the dim future of which we dream so much and know so little.
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