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  • South American South American (culture)
  • Giant Giant (attribute)
  • Deadly Deadly (behaviour)

A Giant from the mythology of the Quiche people of Guatemala. His name means ‘Earth-Heaper’. According to the Popul-Vuh, this Giant terrified everyone. The two heroes, Xabalanque and Hun-Aphu dug a huge whole with a house built on top. They lured the Giant inside the large hut, where he fell in the whole. However the hole was not big enough and Zipacna climbed out. Next the two heroes dug various tunnels in a mountain. They enticed the Giant to the base of this mountain by using a mechanical crab. The Giant followed and once inside the tunnel, the heroes threw the rock on top of Zipacna, crushing him to death. His remains are said to still be there and are responsible for earthquakes.

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