Mesoamerican Myths

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Rosen Classroom, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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In graphic novel format, presents three mythological tales from the Aztec and Mayan peoples.

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This short book (47 pages) is really meant for juveniles, but it was filed in the adult section at the South Oxnard branch library.
I believe it was meant for the teen section because it has a
glossary of words, at the end of the book, which most adults would know. These words include arc, corrupt, decapitated, downfall, haste, outwit, trickery, and such. You decide.
It's very well illustrated and the writing is fine. But the myths are somewhat confusing and I found it difficult to understand the etiology of these myths, how they developed and evolved. There is little information on that aspect of the myths, so that may be why they seem so fantastical.
I wanted to laugh and look down my nose at these unsophisticated Mesoamerican "Indians" for such silly notions to explain the world and it's environment, but I know that would be wrong and incorrect.
One thing I guess I will never fully understand is their interest in human sacrifice. Read it and see what you think.


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David West, Reader in Political Theory, Australian National University

Mike Taylor's first theater job was running the lights for Charles Ludlam and the Ridiculous Theatrical Company in Sheridan Square. Since then, she has been writing, directing and producing theater, art installations and video. She has co-curated hundreds of artists and short pieces for Little Theatre, a monthly showcase of in-progress and experimental work. Her plays include: NOT KNOWING, The Sadness of Others, If I Were You, PEGLEG! or The Treacherous Journey 'Round the Horn and Jumpstrasse Sehnsucht. Her work has been shown at La Mama ETC, The Kitchen, The Ontological, PS122, Cuchifritos Gallery, Dixon Place, TONIC, and various raw spaces in NYC, and her videos have been showcased in in the US and Europe. She is currently working on a new play Road to Perdition, World Without End (probably a situation comedy.)

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