Grease pencil on paper
62,5 x 78,5 cm
A man sat alone drenched deep in sadness.
All the animals drew near to him and asked: “We don’t like to see you so sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.”
The man said: “I want to have a good eyesight.” The vulture replied: “You’ll have mine.”
The man said: “I want to be strong.”
The jaguar replied: “You’ll be as strong as me.” Then the man said: “I long to know the secrets of the earth.” The snake replied: “I’ll show them to you.” And so it went with all the animals
and when man had all the gifts that they could give, he left. Then the owl said to the other animals: “Now the man knows much and he can do many things. Suddenly I am afraid.” The deer said: “The man has all that he needs. Now his sadness will stop.” But the owl replied: “No. I have seen a hole in the man as deep as the hunger that never abates. That’s what makes him sad and makes him want.
He’ll keep on taking and taking until one day the earth will say: ‘I am no more and I have nothing left to give’.”
The Shaman of the Forest, Apocalypto