Time Among the Maya: Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico

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Grove Press, 2000 - History - 453 pages
The Maya created one of the world's most brilliant civilizations, famous for its art, astronomy, and deep fascination with the mystery of time. Despite collapse in the ninth century, Spanish invasion in the sixteenth, and civil war in the twentieth, eight million people in Guatemala, Belize, and southern Mexico speak Mayan languages and maintain their resilient culture to this day. Traveling through Central America's jungles and mountains, Ronald Wright explores the ancient roots of the Maya, their recent troubles, and prospects for survival. Embracing history, anthropology, politics, and literature, Time Among the Maya is a riveting journey through past magnificence and the study of an enduring civilization with much to teach the present. "Wright's unpretentious narrative blends anthropology, archaeology, history, and politics with his own entertaining excursions and encounters." -- The New Yorker; "Time Among the Maya shows Wright to be far more than a mere storyteller or descriptive writer. He is an historical philosopher with a profound understanding of other cultures." -- Jan Morris, The Independent (London).
 

Contents

Prologue
5
Chapter 1
19
Chapter 2
39
Part II
59
Chapter 4
84
Part III
101
Chapter 5
181
Chapter 12
233
Part V
327
Chapter 17
329
Chapter 19
370
Epilogue
398
Afterword
400
Glossary
403
Notes
411
Chapter 6
412

Chapter 13
251
Part IV
261
Chapter 14
263
Chapter 15
290
Chapter 16
303
Chapter 10
418
Bibliography
421
Index
441
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Ronald Wright lives in Port Hope, Ontario.

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