Author: Adrián Recinos
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Category: Literary Criticism
This is the first complete version in English of the "Book of the People" of the Quiche Maya, the most powerful nation of the Guatemalan highlands in pre-Conquest times and a branch of the ancient Maya, whose remarkable civilization in pre-Columbian America is in many ways comparable to the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean. Generally regarded as America's oldest book, the Popol Vuh, in fact, corresponds to our Christian Bible, and it is, moreover, the most important of the five pieces of the great library treasures of the Maya that survived the Spanish Conquest. The Popol Vuh was first transcribed in the Quiche language, ·but in Latin characters, in the middle of the sixteenth century, by some unknown but highly literate Quiche Maya Indian-probably from the oral traditions of his people. This now lost manuscript was copied at the end of the seventeenth century by Father Francisco Ximénez, then parish priest of the village of Santo Tomás Chichicastenango in the highlands of Guatemala, today the most celebrated and best-known Indian town in all of Central America. The mythology, traditions, cosmogony, and history of the Quiché Maya, including the chronology of their kings down to 1550, are related in simple yet literary style by the Indian chronicler. And Adrian Recinos has made a valuable contribution to the understanding and enjoyment of the document through his thorough going introduction and his identification of places and people in the footnotes.
The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life
Author: Dennis Tedlock
Category: Foreign Language Study
Popol Vuh, the QuichÃ© Mayan book of creation is not only the most important text in the native language of the Americas, it is also an extraordinary document of the human imagination. It begins with the deeds of Mayan Gods in the darkness of a primeval sea and ends with the radiant splendor of the Mayan Lords who founded the QuichÃ© Kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands. Originally written in Mayan hieroglyphs, it was translated into the Roman alphabet in the 16th century. The new edition of Dennis Tedlock's unabridged, widely praised translation includes new notes and commentary, newly translated passages, newly deciphered hieroglyphs, and over 40 new illustrations.
Author: Lewis Spence,Paul Tice
Publisher: Book Tree
Includes three bonus chapters on Mythology and Religion of Ancient Mexico. When the Spanish took over Central America in the 16th and 17th centuries they destroyed the writings and holy books of the native Mayans in an effort to convert them to Christianity. Few texts survived, yet one did. It is called The Popol Vuh, the creation story of the Mayan culture. This was the first English rendering of that text. Tells the story of a great flood, gods who created mankind, and a number of other interesting parallels to mythologies from around the world. All of the gods and deities are fully explained and at times compared to those from Greece, Rome and Egypt. A fascinating collection of mythology from Central America and Mexico.
The Sacred Book of the Maya
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
The Popol Vuh is the most important example of Maya literature to have survived the Spanish conquest. It is also one of the world’s great creation accounts, comparable to the beauty and power of Genesis. Most previous translations have relied on Spanish versions rather than the original K’iche’-Maya text. Based on ten years of research by a leading scholar of Maya literature, this translation with extensive notes is uniquely faithful to the original language. Retaining the poetic style of the original text, the translation is also remarkably accessible to English readers. 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.
The Book of the Ancient Maya
Author: Delia Goetz
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Category: Social Science
Encompassing origin and creation stories as well as other ancient oral traditions, the Popol Vuh, which was originally written in Quiché, is the bible of the Mayan people. This translation is widely regarded as the most authoritative available, and includes the wonderful Limited Editions Club illustrations by Everett Gee Jackson. Numerous illustrations, 6 halftones.
Author: Rafael Girard
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
The Popol Vuh is an epic of Mayan cosmic philosophy. In allegorical form it describes the origin of the universe and of the gods, as well as their offspring mankind and the complex evolutionary cycles they experience. Professor Girard spent many years among the Mayas in Central America learning from direct association with their Elders, and offers a unique approach to the mysteries of native American thought. Translated from the Spanish by Blair A Moffett.
The Mythic and Heroic Sagas of the Kiches of Central America
Author: Lewis Spence
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
Category: Social Science
This edition of The Popol Vuh is the first English translation of the mythic Guatemalan work, which consists of mythical historical narratives and translates roughly as "Book of the Community." The main segments of The Popol Vuh consist of creation myths and stories of twin heroes Hunahpu and Xbalanque and their genealogies. The translation includes notes about the work from Lewis Spence, as well as an introduction.LEWIS SPENCE (1874-1955) was a Scottish journalist who recorded Scottish folklore, myths and legends from around the world, histories and legends about the lost world of Atlantis, and works on the occult. Spence graduated from Edinburgh University and was the editor of three magazines, The Scotsman, The Edinburgh Magazine, and The British Weekly. He also founded the Scottish National Movement, now known as the Scottish National Party.
A Sacred Book of the Maya
Author: Victor Montejo,Luis Garay,David Unger
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Retells the stories from the mythology of the K'iche' Indians which were written down and preserved after the Spanish conquest of Guatemala. Reprint.
Literal Poetic Version
Author: Allen J. Christenson
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
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.