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NOVA: Lost King of the Maya/Maya Lords of the Jungle

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In an ancient Mayan arena, enemies of notorious King Yax Kíuk Mo square off in a ball game that appears much like modern soccer. But in this fateful contest, winners live- and losers lose their heads. From 200 to 900 A.D., Yax Kíuk Moís dynasty of Blood Lords presided over the Maya city of Copan, conducting hallucinogenic vision quests, ritual warfare and human sacrifice. Join a team of archaeologists and historians who are piecing together the fascinating rise and fall of this ancient city, its legendary founder, Yax Kíuk Mo and its amazingly advanced culture. This set also includes Maya Lords of the JungleThe civilization of the Maya, which rose out of Central America's rain forests more than 2000 years ago, grew to dizzying heights of achievement before declining precipitously in the ninth century AD No one yet knows why Maya civilization collapsed, but in Maya Lords of the Jungle, we witness the quest for an answer as archaeologists investigate temples and monuments, piece together the meaning of a complex hieroglyphic language, and analyze Maya trade routes and agricultural techniques.Special DVD features for Lost King of the Maya include: materials and activities for educators; a link to the NOVA Web site; scene selections; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired. On two DVD5 discs. Region coding: Region 1. Audio: Dolby stereo. Screen format: 4 x 3 Full Screen.

Special Features

  • Printable materials for educators
  • DVD-ROM access to the Nova website
  • Video descriptions for the visually impaired

Product Details

  • Actors: Stacy Keach, Peter Thomas (VI), Don Wescott
  • Directors: Nova
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MQ4WXI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,883 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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An oustanding example of what NOVA does very well. Beautifully photographed -the film gives you a sense that you have actually been to Copan. Top of their field scholars and a dramatic storyline of the Mayan City State.
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In one sense, this is an odd pairing. The first film is far more recent (2001). It is a superb study of the early Maya and Mayan archaeology in Copan, Honduras. The film deals especially with the dynasty of King Yax K'uk Mo, hallucinogenic vision quests, ritual warfare, human sacrifice - the works. These are major aspects of Mayan civilization but were little known and even less spoken of until near the end of the twentieth century.
The second film, if I remember the credits correctly, was something like 1981, It is an overview of Mayan archeology and what we knew of the Mayan's at that time. Well done, and a good, though dated, overview, this film also intelligently examines the complex problem of the Mayan collapse and sites reasons why it was likely not the simple depletion of local resources that it was once thought to be.
I believe this two-CD set is the best I've yet seen on the subject. Being a teacher, I feel the need to note that both films are suitable for history or art classrooms - esp. high school or college level but could be appropriate for jr. high as well.
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This 2 DVD set includes "Lost King of the Maya", which is focused on a search for a King of Copan, Honduras, named Yax K'uk Mo. "Maya Lords of the Jungle", which follows the deciphering of the Mayan language in the Maya area which includes the states of Chiapas and Yucatan in Southern Mexico, Guatemala (Tikal), El Salvador and Belize.
I have visited all the major Maya cities through the years and followed the impressive progress in understanding the Maya language. The Spanish priests who accompanied Cortez to the new world burned almost all the Maya books, labeling them as work of the devil. In the years since, scholars have made great progress in deciphering the Maya writing system. The Maya people still live in the lowland rain forests in Mexico and Central America today.
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