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by Allen J. Christenson

eBook Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Maya ePub
Author: Allen J. Christenson
Language: English
ISBN: 190381653X
ISBN13: 978-1903816530
Publisher: Mantra Books (April 2004)
Pages: 320
Category: World
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 844
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The Popol Vuh is the most important example of Maya literature to have survived the Spanish conquest.

The Popol Vuh is the most important example of Maya literature to have survived the Spanish conquest.

2007 Popol Vuh: Sacred Book of the Quiché Maya People. Electronic version of original 2003 publication. 1. To my wife, Janet. Xa at nu saqil, at nu k'aslemal Chib'e q'ij saq. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. This volume is the culmination of nearly twenty-five years of collaboration with friends and colleagues who have been more than generous with their time, expertise, encouragement, and at times, sympathy. It has become a somewhat clichéd and expected thing to claim that a work would not be possible without such support.

The Popol Vuh is the most important example of Maya literature to have survived . Initial page of the Popol Vuh manuscript ca 17014 Courtesy The Newberry Library Chicago. Illustrated with more than eighty drawings, photographs, and maps, Allen J. Christenson's authoritative version brings out the richness and elegance of this sublime work of literature, comparable to such epic masterpieces as the Ramayana and Mahabharata of India or the Iliad and Odyssey of Greece.

Illustrated with more than eighty drawings, photographs, and maps, Allen J. Christenson’s authoritative version brings out the richness and elegance of this sublime work of literature, comparable to such epic masterpieces as the Ramayana and Mahabharata of India or the Iliad and Odyssey of Greece.

85 p. : 26 cm. One of the few Maya documents to survive the Spanish conquest, the "Popol Vuh" describes the creation of the Maya universe and of humans. It tells the tale of the Hero Twins, who defeated the gods of the underworld in a ball game, and details the legendary history of the Quiche Maya rulers until their imprisonment and torture by the Spanish. Here, vivid images and captivating text will fascinate children. 20 color illustrations. Translation of: Popul vuj : libro sagrado de los mayas

This now lost manuscript was copied at the end of the seventeenth century by Father Francisco Ximenez, then parish priest of the village of Santo Tomas Chichicastenango in the highlands of Guatemala, today the most celebrated and best-known Indian town in all of Central America.

The Popol Vuh is one of the world's greatest creation stories, comparable to the power and beauty of Genesis. I will do my best to address your concerns including 100% refund of your money. Name of your business and form of legal entity: Ami Ventures In. -Corp.

The Popol Vuh, or Sacred Book of the ancient Quiché Maya, as it has been happily subtitled, is, beyond any shadow of doubt, the most distinguished example of native American literature that has survived the passing centuries

The Popol Vuh, or Sacred Book of the ancient Quiché Maya, as it has been happily subtitled, is, beyond any shadow of doubt, the most distinguished example of native American literature that has survived the passing centuries. The original redaction of this most precious fragment of ancient American learning is now lost; however, it seems first to have been reduced to writing (in characters of the Latin script), in the middle of the sixteenth century, from oral traditions then current among the Quiché, by some unknown but highly educated, not to say literary, member of that race.

The Popol Vuh is the most important example of Maya literature to have survived the Spanish conquest

The Popol Vuh is the most important example of Maya literature to have survived the Spanish conquest. Most previous translations have relied on Spanish versions rather than the original K’iche’-Maya text. University of Oklahoma Press.

The Popol Vuh is one of the world's greatest creation stories, comparable to the power and beauty of Genesis. The fruit of ten years of research, this great classic of central American spirituality is now available in an authoritative, scholarly and accessible translation.
EROROHALO
In Popol Vuh, anonymous Mayan authors excellently combine both the history and the lore of the Quiché Maya to tell the story of their origin and explain their existence as well as explain why things in the world happened the way that they did. As an AP World History student, I found this book incredibly intriguing. The way that Christenson translated this from the original language was not only fluid but captured the voice of the Maya. Their unique tone and style is clear and contributes a rustic feel that helps the reader clearly visualize the events being described. Both the adventures of the various Mayan gods and the tales of wars between the Quichés and the so-called nations offer an interesting read and an insight to early Central American culture.
Popol Vuh has a clear purpose. As stated in the preamble, it is to "...tell the ancient stories of the beginning, the origin of all that was done in the citadel of Quiché, among the people of the Quiché nation." The authors do this well, of course. They clearly illustrate how the earth, the animals, and the different versions of people (mud, wood, etc) were created and what purpose they served in the order of things. Animals, for example, were created to be eaten and humans were created to praise the gods. Then, slightly out of order, the stories of various human-like gods, including Hunahpu and Xbalanque, are told. These stories describe why things happen the way they do. They give explanations to things such as the size of the macaw's eyes and the wideness of the whippoorwill's mouth. Finally, Popol Vuh gives an account of the early history of the Quiché Maya. All of these combined complete a tale of the ancient stories of the beginning, as the authors reference them in the preamble, as well as the origin of the Quiché Maya and their people.
TheJonnyTest
This is a very well researched and beautifully translated work. It is a little difficult to read on my iPhone in Kindle version, owing to the vast number of footnotes and explanatory notes. These are very good and thorough, but it becomes somewhat hard to follow the narrative on such a small screen. It would likely be much more easily read in print media. It is the translation of the material recorded by the Spanish from the oral account given them by the conquered Maya. Since their "books" records and genealogies were destroyed by the zealous missionaries seeking their total conversion (as an afterthought not considered to have been the best idea), this is the only surviving record of their beliefs and traditions. It is enlightening and this appears to be a very good translation.
Fararala
Don't get the Kindle Version of this. It is super difficult to navigate because it incorporates all the footnotes into the reading. The book itself is quite interesting and important to understanding the history of Latin America, but I would definitely recommend hard copy over Kindle version.
Mr_NiCkNaMe
One of my favorite books so far. You'll notice a lot of similarities to Christian and other religious stories. This helps to show that all religions and creation stories have a unified source and are all basically teaching the same things. There is also a video version of this available on my youtube channel. Just search Popol Vuh animated version and you'll find it.
Jan
This book was very fun to read! There were many parts of the book where I got confused about what was going on, but a quick reread of the section cleared things up. Christenson completed his goal of given these ancient authors their voice once more. The different writing styles throughout the piece kept it interesting as well. This Mayan story of creation had many dark twists and turns, such as when the gods were not pleased with the people created out of trees, so the sentenced to death by sending a large flood to wipe them out.

I would recommend this book to people that are interested in the ancient Mayan culture and the religion surrounding them. The Popol Vuh goes into great detail of way the gods that purposed throughout the text should be worshiped and even have human sacrifices for. This polytheistic religion was very intriguing to learn about. I ended up doing some researching of my own after completing the book. Overall, I thought that the Popol Vuh was an excellent book and I couldn't stop reading it after I started.
Mopimicr
i still need to read this and find out where i had this sent to (former place or current place).
Whatever
Thoroughly researched, with a detailed, clear introduction that gives helpful context for someone new to the text. Accessible to high school students--the tone is immediate and contemporary, not dry or belabored. Beautiful work.
If Maya creation text interests you, I highly recommend this book! Especially this translation, because it was done by my teacher and he is a truly incredible person. Extremely knowledgeable of the Mayan language, the sites and rulers--everything you expect from an expert. This is also an interesting read for anyone who is interested in comparing this creation text to others for religious studies.
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