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In Mayan mythology, Zipacna was a son of Vucub Caquix and Chimalmat. He and his brother, Cabrakan, were underworld demons. Zipacna was very arrogant and violent.

A small group of men decided to kill Zipacna. They cut down a thick tree and waited for him to approached, when he did he predictably mocked the men for being unable to life the log. He did it for them and they led him to their house, which was only just being built. Zipacna placed the tree, as directed, in a deep hole to be a support for the house. They quickly began throwing rocks at him down in the hole, and Zipacna hid in a side chamber destined to become the cellar. When they decided he was dead and began getting drunk, Zipacna left the hole He threw the men into the sky, and they became the Pleiades.

Hun-Apu and Ixbalanque, two divine twins, also decided to kill Zipacna because his father, Vucub Caquix (along with Hun Came), had killed their father, Hun Hunahpu. 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.

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