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Yucatan before and after the conquest,
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Only significant account done of Yucatan In post-Conquest era. Describes geography and natural history of the peninsula, gives brief history of Mayan life, discusses Spanish conquest and its effects and provides a long summary of Maya civilization. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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De Landa must have been good at his job because only 4 Maya codices have survived to the present day.
This Dover edition is a reprint of an original 1937 edition so the scholarship is out of date. Since 1937 Mayan has been deciphered so de Landa's account has been verified. At one point scholars very much doubted what de Landa had to say about the Mayan calendar and writing (sections 34-41).
I don't know much about Mayan history so I took a chance and bought this book. I found the account of the early Spanish contacts with the Yucatan interesting. The English is a bit archaic but that is to be expected from an older work.
So much (99.9% according to the translator) of the true Mayan culture was destroyed by this Friar alone in the mid 1500's. His explanation and reasons are covered in this book (from a 1937 limited edition) as they also cover some of the more important aspects of Mayan customs, history, sciences, etc.
Personally, I likied this book because it shows that not much has changed in regard to the 'victors' who subvery, destroy, and rewrite the history of conquered civilizations. It is important (for me) to have all sides of an historical issue. The Spaniards entered, conquered, destroyed, and rewrote the history of an indiginous people. The 'good news' is that traveling through those ancient cities, you can find people who still share the oral traditions with modern truth seekers:-)