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Living Maya Hardcover – October, 1987

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Curator Morris and photographer Foxx here offer a rare glimpse of the vibrant contemporary Mayan culture. Classic Mayan civilization collapsed in the 10th century, but, writes Morris, three million Maya reside in Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Another million "extremely conservative" Maya, isolated from outsiders, live in the Chiapas Highlands of Mexico, and they are the subject of this volume: "The food they eat, the way it is prepared, the stories, myths and dreams they tell..., the festivals they celebrate each season of the year are all parts of a tradition that the Maya say God gave to them 'at the beginning of the world.' " This rich tapestry of history, myths, pen-and-ink drawings and striking color pictures evokes multifarious landscapes, textiles, people and ritual. The detailed description of the ancient technique of weaving will interest students of art, anthropology and religion alike.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams; 1St Edition edition (October 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810912988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810912984
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Allison Motto on February 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautiful. I lived in Chiapas Mexico for a time and this book captures the beauty and reality of the region to life better than any other book I have seen. The text is written by an anthropolgist that has lived in the region for years and really knows the Mayan people. The text is very informative about the parts of ancient Mayan culture that have survived into the present day and is peppered with the writer's own experiences with the Maya making it far from dry reading. It will make you want to visit this amazing region of the world inhabited by the Living Maya.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roy M. on October 6, 2013
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If you dream about Chiapas, are planning to go or have returned, buy this book.
While it is, based on sumptuous Jeffrey Jay Foxx photography, a worthy coffee-table decoration, Walter F. Morris' terse, accurate, romantic prose captures enchanting but realistic vignettes of historical and contemporary Maya Chiapas.
My wife and I spent four research weeks in Chiapas, summer 2013. It was our fourth extended stay in Mayan Central America. On this venture, Palenque, Yaxchilan, Comitan, San Cristobal and its villages, including San Juan Chamula, San Andres Larrainzar, Tenejapa, Zinacantan. On our last days there we met and filmed the author, Walter "Chip" Morris. Our first meeting-moment: he was deep in consultation, in Tzotzil, with a Mayan woman about her contemporary textile patterns; there were three other village women waiting to confer. "Chip" Morris continues to earn, ex post facto, his MacArthur Genius Award. He moves seamlessly amidst the ephemeral and materialistic spirit-worlds of Mayan culture. He is "Living Maya."
And in his book of that title, so will you. If you cannot travel to Chiapas, or if you hope and plan to, or even if you have returned, you will find this book inspired.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By 2crazy4books2 on February 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Living Maya

Walter F Morris Jr

1987

First Edition Hardcover

This book features Maya in a remote area that has had far less influence from modern civilization. The patterns of living and worship weave a unique lifestyle. 125 full color photos, 60 line drawings and two maps. Of particular interest are diagrams of the weaving and embroidery patterns that produce such colorful garments. Text is on a brown, heavy paper, giving a back-to-the-earth feeling, while photos are on high gloss paper. Exquisite book.
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