What Pegman Saw: The Flatulent One

From Google Maps: Santa Ana, El Salvador

‘See!’ Chimalis addressed the pilgrims. ‘At Huracan’s first creation, the gods created humans from mud. But mud has no voice to worship the gods, and so the gods destroyed them in a deluge.’

The pilgrims knew the story, yet the priestess repeated it. For the story would lead her to their blood.

‘See! At Huracan’s second creation, the gods created men from wood and women from reeds. But wood and reeds have no souls to worship the gods, and so the gods destroyed them with boiling water.

‘See!’ She looked behind her at the mountain. Need she say the words? Couldn’t they guess it? ‘At Huracan’s third creation, the gods created humans, and gave them blood from their own bodies. Now the gods have enlisted Kisim, The Flatulent One, to destroy this creation … unless you give me your blood.’

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Written for What Pegman Saw: Santa Ana, El Salvador

Close by Santa Ana, lay the ancient Mayan settlement of Sihuatehuacan, a name which translates as The Place of the Priestesses. While priestesses served many functions, they most often worked as oracles at sites of pilgrimage. In the fifth century CE, many Mayan cities, including The Place of the Priestesses, were destroyed in a powerful pyroclastic flow when the volcano Ilopango erupted. It seems to me that Kisim, god of death and decay, as the Flatulent One, would have been accorded prime responsibility.

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38 Responses to What Pegman Saw: The Flatulent One

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    Oooo a delicious slice of life I was unfamiliar with..

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    • crimsonprose says:

      You know me; I like to delve. I also like to show the truth behind the facile factoids. Although human sacrifice was practised, it was more usual just to cut a hand or a finger give one’s own blood. A bit like the Vikings. And although their myths told of Ages destroyed by catastrophes, those catastrophes swept away a defective creation.

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  2. Joy Pixley says:

    Interesting mythology, and what a funny name: the Flatulent One. I’m not at all surprised that people think of volcanoes as gods and try to please them with sacrifices. It would be surprising if they didn’t, really, given that it’s physically right there (unlike, say, “weather” or “death”) and is obviously powerful and apparently capricious and can destroy everything around it.

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  3. pennygadd51 says:

    An imaginative re-creation of a scene that must have been played out dozens if not hundreds of times.

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  4. Dale says:

    This was great, Crispina! Love your take.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Wow. This was great to read and imagine. I always love mythology😃


  6. k rawson says:

    What a name! Love your take on this. The Flatulent One no doubt got the blame!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Beautifully told, crimson prose, and oh so haunting. Great storytelling.

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