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A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya Paperback – January 24, 1992
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The book also shows how the Mayan glyphs and counting systems work. There are nowadays very good texts on the writing system itself, but this book shows us how the glyphs are woven into the culture and religion of these people. We learn how the lineage worked and how the monuments were used as what we would call propaganda to support one line over other possibilities. We learn about the role of magic and visions and the way the leaders were the empowered by those visions.
There is just so much here that any reader will be richly rewarded. The Mayan civilization is incredibly fascinating because it is so foreign to our own and yet it is a part of the heritage of the American continents.
This book isn't just a text, it is a work of art in itself. You will have a hard time putting it down.
If you're not afraid of "tomes," this is an excellent book for you, though it's not an introductory text. I'd recommend starting with something a little more basic before you tackle this fellow. But once you've familiarized yourself with the lay of the land regarding the Mayas, you won't find many books that cover so many different aspects of their life and culture in such a deep, dense way. You can feel these authors' love for their subject.
However, that being said, I must warn you this is a fairly dry book, and I am a reasonably tolerant reader when it comes to subjects I enjoy such as this one. It's chock full of great stuff, but its tone and style are heavily scholastic, so be prepared. It's still worth it. I have read any number of books thicker than this in a few sittings, but I found I retained more of the material and stayed more engaged by taking small bites of it over a few weeks.
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Good book. I use it along with my other books for reference and a source of knowledge.Published 5 months ago by Phyllis J. Miller
great book for someone who loves history of the Mayas. I highly recommend it!Published 6 months ago by me
Very good condition for its age, above my expectations. No unlegible content in the book, and no major or in fact minor damage.Published 7 months ago by Jaime Vera
When I was a youth, people said the Mayas were the one peaceful civilization. As far as I knew, nobody could read their writing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bob Newman