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Popol Vuh: The Definitive Edition of The Mayan Book of The Dawn of Life and The Glories of Gods and Kings Paperback – January 31, 1996
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Carlos Fuentes Popol Vuh is one of the great books about the creation of the world. It is the Mayan Bible.
Los Angeles Times The volume is required reading for everyone seriously interested in Native American literature or in Meso-American cultural history. Its publication is a major event.
William Arrowsmith, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Emory University Dennis Tedlock's splendid version...[is] the work of a brilliant anthropologist who is also a true "poet of performance," himself trained by a native Quiché master....Superb notes and glossary...An event of quite exceptional importance.
Vine Deloria, Jr. author of Custer Died for Your Sins Tedlock's translation is sensitive, precise, and illuminating. It will greatly help the Popol Vuh achieve its rightful place as a masterpiece of religious writing, familiar to all those who seek a message that transcends ordinary concerns.
Text: English (translation)
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The Popul Vuh discusses the world before there was Man, when the gods got together and created everything, and how they went about doing that. If you aren't familiar with Mayan mythology, this is a treat. The language of this book follows Mayan patterns, which are really different from, say, American patterns, and you know right away you're dealing with a markedly different world view, which is fun from time to time for a sense of perspective. There are stories about heroes who were born before Men were created (they were children of the gods) and how those heroes defeated monsters and prepared the world for the coming of people. Then the book goes on to the first humans who were created by the gods and what their lives were like, and from there on to famous leaders among a sub-tribe of Maya called the Quiche, who live in the mountains of Guatemala. The book thus covers thousands of years of mythical and legendary history and introduces you to a number of memorable characters. It reads like a set of adventure stories, and if you want to know how at least one tribe of accomplished Indians made sense of their world, this is a great introduction to the subject.
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The Popol Vuh is the Mayan account of creation. This book is eloquently written, and has a similar style to Greek Mythology.Read more