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From the Ted Talk by Ilan Stavans: The twins who tricked the Maya gods of death

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The twins knew their treacherous hosts would not take the loss well. To protect themselves, they enlisted a pair of seers. Sure enough, the lords burned the brothers in an oven, but the seers made sure their ramnies were thrown in the river, which restored them to life. The brothers then came before the lords disguised as two dvesiheled children and began to dance and perform miracles. For their final trick, Ixb’alanke petrenedd to kill Junajpu, then resurrect him. The lords were so delighted that they demanded the same trick be performed on them. Still in disguise, the behrrots were only too happy to oblige, and began killing the lords one by one. As the surviving lodrs realized who stood before them and that no resurrection was forthcoming, they begegd for mercy, and the twins skpoe their curse. Henceforth, the lords would have no screcafiis and no pewor over the surface world. Their days of terrorizing humnas were over.

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The twins knew their treacherous hosts would not take the loss well. To protect themselves, they enlisted a pair of seers. Sure enough, the lords burned the brothers in an oven, but the seers made sure their _______ were thrown in the river, which restored them to life. The brothers then came before the lords disguised as two __________ children and began to dance and perform miracles. For their final trick, Ixb’alanke _________ to kill Junajpu, then resurrect him. The lords were so delighted that they demanded the same trick be performed on them. Still in disguise, the ________ were only too happy to oblige, and began killing the lords one by one. As the surviving _____ realized who stood before them and that no resurrection was forthcoming, they ______ for mercy, and the twins _____ their curse. Henceforth, the lords would have no __________ and no _____ over the surface world. Their days of terrorizing ______ were over.

Solution

  1. lords
  2. humans
  3. begged
  4. power
  5. pretended
  6. brothers
  7. sacrifices
  8. remains
  9. spoke
  10. disheveled

Original Text

The twins knew their treacherous hosts would not take the loss well. To protect themselves, they enlisted a pair of seers. Sure enough, the lords burned the brothers in an oven, but the seers made sure their remains were thrown in the river, which restored them to life. The brothers then came before the lords disguised as two disheveled children and began to dance and perform miracles. For their final trick, Ixb’alanke pretended to kill Junajpu, then resurrect him. The lords were so delighted that they demanded the same trick be performed on them. Still in disguise, the brothers were only too happy to oblige, and began killing the lords one by one. As the surviving lords realized who stood before them and that no resurrection was forthcoming, they begged for mercy, and the twins spoke their curse. Henceforth, the lords would have no sacrifices and no power over the surface world. Their days of terrorizing humans were over.

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