Earth Culture of Origin
Alternate Names / Spellings
Evil Mountain God
Earth Mythological References
Zipacna was a great giant, the son of the Underworld God Vucub Caquix, the Great Macaw, and brother of the giant Cabrakan. Other gods of the time considered them the most arrogant of all. The hero twins, Hun-Apu and Ixblanque were sent to kill them. The twins were not alone in their quest to slay Zipacna. 400 young men were also spurred by the gods to do away with the giant. They'd managed to lure him to a trap, a large house where a large hole was dug. Having descended into the hole, Zipacna saw the young men begin to fill the hole with rocks and mud intent on burying him. The young men, thinking they'd succeeded in their quest, celebrated their victory long into the night. However, Zipacna was indeed not dead and using his mighty strength, he rose up from the ground with such force, he hurled the boys high into the sky, creating the star cluster known as the Pleiades.
However, the hero twins were still on task in their quest to slay Zipacna. They lured a hungry Zipacna into a ravine with a model of a crab, his favourite food. From high above the ravine, the boys pushed boulders and mountains onto him while Zipacna struggled below. Eventually, they had magically turned Zipacna into stone.
Zipacna was one of Apophis' most loyal underlords. He traveled to Tollana to act as Arkon, an 'advocate' of sorts, at Triad (a Tollan formal justice hearing) for the Goa'uld Klorel who desired to remain in possession of the body of the Abydonian, Skaara (brother-in-law of Daniel Jackson). Skaara, in turn, begged the Tollan to free him from the Goa'uld parasite, with Jack O'Neill and Daniel Jackson acting as co-Arkons on his behalf.
The hubris of the Goa'uld as a species is evident as Zipacna put forth Goa'uld ideology in his justification for Klorel's continued possession of Skaara. Zipacna further demonstrated Goa'uld treachery in secretly bidding his Jaffa to identify the Tollan ion cannons for simultaneous destruction by a Goa'uld mothership at the conclusion of Triad, thereby rendering the Tollan helpless to defend themselves against Goa'uld. (3.15 Pretense)
Zipacna returns to solicit the Goa'uld Osiris to attend a gathering of Goa'uld System Lords. He now serves a new, more powerful System Lord, Anubis, who has returned to power after a long absence. A bit unnerved at the idea that Anubis is back, Osiris agrees to act as Anubis' representative at the Goa'uld Summit. In the meantime, Zipacna will be headed to Ravanna in search of a new Tok'ra weapon. (5.15 Summit)
Zipacna and his Jaffa strike Ravanna, killing many Tok'ra. As several SG units including SG-1 attempt to help the Tok'ra secure their research and escape, their positions are fired upon and some of the SG units are killed and injured. Zipacna knows from the torture of a Tok'ra spy, a formula has been developed that can kill the Goa'uld and Anubis wants it. With the Jaffa closing in on SG-1 and Jacob/Selmak and Lt. Elliott (now host to the Tok'ra symbiote Lantesh) mortally wounded, Elliott offers to stay behind with the vial of Goa'uld poison, promising to deliver it in its deadly form when he is captured and brought aboard the Goa'uld mothership. Reluctantly, the team and Selmak leave their comrade(s) behind to whatever fate has in store. (5.16 Last Stand)