In this highly original and politically provocative synthesis, archaeologist Freidel and epigrapher Linda Schele team up with Joy Parker, a popular writer, in an attempt to bridge history and prehistory in the Yucatan peninsula of Guatemala and Mexico. Their device is to apply shamanistic belief and practice among modern Maya to interpretations of hieroglyphics and other archaeological remains. In this captivating thesis, foreshadowed in Dennis Tedlock's Popol Vuh ( LJ 1/85) and their own A Forest of Kings (Morrow, 1990), they argue that the world view of the prehistoric Maya lives on in the language and beliefs of the survivors of the Spanish conquest. While at once compelling and controversial, this book will appeal to everyone interested in the Maya and non-Western religion.
- William S. Dancey, Ohio State Univ., Columbus
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is pure pleasure to read--an extraordinary contribution to academic knowledge written like a well-paced novel. Linda Schele, whose Blood of Kings (1986) and earlier collaboration with Freidel, A Forest of Kings (1990), are both well-regarded books on the Maya, goes deeper into the Mayan gestalt in this second collaboration with him and first with new partner Joy Parker. The subject is Mayan cosmology, and interweaving archaeology and anthropology with personal experience, the three authors examine the major religious concepts of the Maya and how those concepts found expression in religious architecture and myth. The Maya, they reveal, were not destroyed by the Spanish invaders. Their religion continues, sometimes under the guise of Christianity, sometimes in folk custom, sometimes in ancient rituals still practiced among the descendants of one of America's premier civilizations--rites informed by the concepts the authors present. The creation myth, the ritual ball games, the pyramidal world-tree--these are examined and fleshed out so substantively that the reader feels truly immersed in Mayan reality. Pat Monaghan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
As with Forest of Kings, this book is packed with detail, and incredibly, referenced stone images on Temples, with the astronomical regions/locations depicted as if looking from... Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Jansen
IT IS A LARGE TEXT 500 PLUS PAGES OF CONDENCED MATERIAL
ON HISTORY, ARCHOLOGY,ANTHROPOLOGY, ASTRONOMY.
THE BOOK TELLS OF THE MAYA HISTORY TO THE PRESENT TIME. Read more
This book is written by an archaeologist for other archaeologists. It is more a textbook for a course than a general review of the Mayan civilization, religion, or culture. Read morePublished 16 months ago by A. Inderbitzen
One of a series of books on the Maya by Linda Shele and her colleagues. It is insightful, well written and part of an essential Maya bookshelf.Published on June 22, 2013 by Jay Chatzkel
As above so below.This book is outstanding in every way.I will quote:"What is important is that the classic period Maya conceived time on so grand a cyclic scale. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by BookReview
David Friedel, Linda Schele, and Joy Parker take us on a fascinating, and almost spiritual journey as they share their voices and experiences on sacred practices and mythology of... Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Paulo Ramos