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Maya: Divine Kings of the Rainforest Hardcover – February 1, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: h. f. ullmann; 1 edition (February 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0841600953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0841600959
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 10.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,643,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A feast for the eyes and the understanding..."



Maya: Divine Kings of the Rain Forest

Ed. Nikolai Grube

h.f.ullmann

$49.99



A feast for the eyes and the understanding, this large volume is replete with hundreds of photos, maps, and texts on a broad spectrum of the Mayan cultures by twenty-six specialists in their fields. Presenting much new information on the Mayan people, their language, and their works, chapters include essays on "Habitats and Early Horizons," "Architecture and Art," "Religious Beliefs," "The Colonial Era," and "The Maya in the Present," among others. The essays are concise, offering material rich in depth and detail, yet easily accessible to the reader. The Appendix contains a glossary, an overview of historical sites, selected museums worldwide together with their contact information, a timeline, charts of the ruling dynasties with accompanying hieroglyphs, and remarks on the writing and pronunciation of Mayan.



Reviewed by Ethan Boatner, Lavendar Magazine, Aug 9, 2012



--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Professor Nikolai Grube, born in 1962 in Bonn, Germany, studied ancient American languages, cultures, and ethnology at the University of Hamburg. He earned his doctorate in 1989 with a thesis on "The Development of Mayan Writing". His publication primarily address the history of dynasties and the political structures and writing system of the Mayans. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Inga E. Calvin on October 12, 2012
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This is a fantistic book - but beware, it is the SAME book that was published in 2000 but with a different cover.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rolf van der Kwaak on September 15, 2008
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What a great book!
- wonderful breathtaking photographs
- different angles in statements and historical aspects
- great composition in stories (balance in topic and depth)

Want to know more about Maya's in detail? Read this book!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Mcneil on July 11, 2009
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This is a great book!! The photos are spectacular and give an acurate view and impression of the ruins depicted. The text is interesting, factual, well thought out without being weighty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neodoering on March 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Maya: Divine Kings of the Rain Forest is a general work about the Maya Indians of Central America. The book takes a sweeping overview of Maya civilization, including breakdowns of the different eras of Mayan culture and taking a look at the achievements of each era. There are chapters on Mayan architecture, Mayan writing, Mayan art. There are chapters on the Mayan languages and tribal groupings and chapters that describe Mayan religion and spirituality. This is a good introductory work that will acquaint the reader with all aspects of Mayan civilization and will talk a bit about the Maya today and how they live in Southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.

I heartily recommend this book to the newbie to Mayan culture who wants to get an overview of these Indians and their society. For those with more knowledge this work will not be as valuable, because it is a basic work and not specialized. If you read Michael Coe's excellent *The Maya*, you will get the same information as this book but not as detailed. This really is a superb introduction to Mayan culture and society and will cover all your bases as it educates and informs. The writing is very down to earth and easy to read, and the essays are all short and succinct. Good luck with this book!
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