Monday, March 10, 2008

What is Xibalba?

An absolute feast for the eyes! I will have to see this several more times to make real sense of it. I guess I will have to by the DVD, and read the book. It was spectacular. Very spiritual without being religious. It gave me shivers.
I've always loved Huge Jackman and still do! I'm more and more impressed with his acting ability.

It's pronounced (Shi bal ba)
From Wikipedia:

In Maya mythology Xibalba, roughly translated as "Place of fear",[1] is the name of the underworld, ruled by Mayan spirits of disease and death. In the 16th-century Verapaz, the entrance to Xibalba was traditionally held to be a cave in the vicinity of Cobán, Guatemala...

Xibalba is described in the Popol Vuh as a court below the
surface of the Earth. It is unclear if the inhabitants of Xibalba are the souls of the deceased or a separate race of beings worshipping death, but they are often depicted as being human-like in form. The place Xibalba was associated with death and was ruled by twelve gods or powerful rulers known as the Lords of Xibalba. The first among the Lords of Xibalba were One Death and Seven Death.

The remaining ten Lords are often referred to as demons and are given commission and domain over various forms of human suffering: to cause sickness, starvation, fear, destitution, pain, and ultimately death.[1] The remaining residents of Xibalba are thought to have fallen under the dominion of one of these Lords, going about the face of the Earth to carry out their listed duties.

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