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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806138394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806138398
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Allen J. Christenson is Associate Professor of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. He is the author of Art and Society in a Highland Maya Community: The Altarpiece of Santiago Atitlan.

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This is the book I used to create my Popol Vuh lecture.
Marcus
Tedlock's is good but this translation, format, and over all presentation is excellent.
XibalbaScott
This book is a must have for anyone interested in the ancient Mayan culture.
Carolyn Giddens

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Careful and Attentive Reader on August 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
It would be a shame to let the slipshod and factually inaccurate review (below) pass without correction and comment as this is an exciting new scholarly edition of the most important extant Maya text.

Even a cursory reading of the first page of the introduction (and throughout) would have supplied the information that the translator Christenson's primary Maya linguistic expertise is in Quiché (or K'iche'). And of course it would be extraordinarily foolhardy for anyone to attempt a translation of the Popol Vuh without a knowledge of the language in which the text is written.

This is not the place to rehearse the arguments regarding the purpose, practise and philosophy of translation - this has been done at great length by such well known commentators on the subject as Eco and Steiner not to mention the myriad even more technical writers. But the writer of the previous review passes judgement on the `accuracy' of the translation compared to that of Tedlock's readable and famously demotic version. One has to wonder how this judgement has been arrived at, and logically, what third, control element was used against which to compare the accuracy of the translations. Surely this would have had to have been the 16th century Quiché text which would, of course, require a knowledge of that language and it's historical orthography. It seems more likely that the reviewer simply compared the two translations; not much of a methodology. It would be a travesty if such an inadequate critique was allowed to stand unchallenged.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By XibalbaScott on October 10, 2004
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I agree with the last review. This is the best version of the Popol Vuh to date. Tedlock's is good but this translation, format, and over all presentation is excellent. The first review seems to have a case of the sour grapes!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Giddens on July 7, 2013
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This book is a must have for anyone interested in the ancient Mayan culture. The author lived among the Mayans while he translated the Popol Vuh (Mayan mythology) and shares much of what he learned from them, as well as what they learned from him.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ha Xiu Men on April 5, 2012
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Refreshing and engaging look at one of the best preserved accounts of the earliest complete work of literature as recorded from oral tradition, allowing a spectacular look into the cosmological, social, and lingual mind of the ancient Maya. Don't just read a bunch of misinformed misinterpretations of their calendar by whichever "expert" thinks whatever new disaster will happen this year, and because the often dry thick archaeological literature that I read as an archaeology masters student is not exactly fun light reading, this is the best introduction to understand the Maya in a fun way to the noob.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Disquieted Pen on January 19, 2014
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I purchased this for a class, but had no idea that the Mayan mythology system was as robustly recorded as it is. Definitely a keeper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on January 11, 2014
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Great translation and the footnotes are super-helpful. Great background information. This is the book I used to create my Popol Vuh lecture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark on January 10, 2014
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This translation of the Mayan Sacred work was extremely helpful to me in researching and learning about the civilization. Christensen has extensive knowledge on the Maya and their language. Whereas many translations of Popol Vuh come from Spanish translations (a translation of a translation), this one comes straight from the text's native language. Awesome!
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