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In Maya mythology, Ixbalanque was originally a son of Hun Hunahpu and a virgin. His twin was Hun-Apu. The two were the Maya Hero Twins. Their father Hun Hunahpu was beheaded by two underworld demons, Vucub Caquix and Hun Came.


Hun-Apu and Ixbalanque decided to kill their father's murderers, as well as Zipacna, son of Vucub Caquix. They made a crab decoy and told Zipacna where he could find a giant crab to eat. When Zipacna went to the spot, they threw a mountain on him, killing him.


Hun-Apu became a sun god and Ixbalanque, became a moon goddess, switching genders.


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Ixbalanque - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (211 words)
In Maya mythology, Ixbalanque or Xbalanque was originally a son of Hun Hunahpu and the virgin Blood Moon.
Xbalanque and his brother Hunahpu were quite inseperable in their lives, together outwitting arrogant gods and the lords of the Mayan underworld, Xibalba.
Xbalanque is sometimes referred to as the Mayan moon goddess, having switched genders in those versions of the myth.
Hun-Apu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2863 words)
In turn, Hunahpu and Xbalanque by purpose lost their ball games so that they might be sent to the remaining tests, Jaguar House, Fire House, Bat House and in turn defeat the tests of the Xibalbans.
Xbalanque summoned the beasts of the field, however, and fashioned a replacement head for Hunahpu.
Although many of their acts and successes came about as a result of trickery and deceit, this was viewed more as cleverness than dishonesty, and their roles in defeating the vain and arrogant gods as well as the evil lords of the underworld Xibalba solidifies their characters as being that of good.
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