Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Maya, Volume 1

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 327 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

list of Illustrations
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All drawings and photographs are by the author unless otherwise noted Fig 1 Adobe and thatch house complex Chihul Guatemala Fig 2 Contents of t...
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The convento of the church at Chichicastenango
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Introduction
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Chichen Itza View of the Castillo from the Temple of the Warriors
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Initial page of the Popol Vuh manuscript ca 17014 Courtesy The Newberry Library Chicago
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Popol Vuh Text
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Lake Atitlan looking southwest toward Santiago Atitlan Fig 8 Serpent deity redrawn from a Classic Maya cylinder vessel ca 750850
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Ancient ballcourt at Copan
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Vase of the Seven Gods a Classic Maya vase Drawing from Coe 1973
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Death god bearing a staff redrawn from a Classic Maya vase
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Deity wearing a packstrap from Copan Stela D drawing by Linda Schele
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Death owl redrawn from a Classic Maya vase
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Individual smoking a cigar from Madrid Codex p 86b Villacorta and Villacorta 1930
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Sacrifice in the court of an underworld lord from a Classic Maya vase Coe 1973
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Hunahpu and Xbalanque in the House of the Grandmother
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Highland stream near Xetzak Cunen
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Bird redrawn from a Classic Maya ceramic plate
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Deer marked for death with crossed bones redrawn from a Maya ceramic vessel
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Head of a Classic Maya lord San Antonio Museum of
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Divination ceremony using grains of maize at Chutinamit near Santiago Atitlan
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Classic Period wooden figure from Tabasco Metropolitan Museum of
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The destruction of the world by flood from the Dresden Codex p
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Dog redrawn from a Classic Maya Vase Coe 1973
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Spider monkeys at La Venta Park Villahermosa
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Bird deity shot by twins with blowguns redrawn from an Early Classic Maya plate
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Interior of Malers Palace Tikal
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Stucco crocodile Comalcalco
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Volcan San Pedro near Santiago Atitlan
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The Summons of Hunahpu and Xbalanque to Xibalba
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Hunahpu and Xbalanque in the House of Cold
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Hunahpu and Xbalanque Dance Before the Lords of Xibalba
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The First Four Men
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The Arrival at Tulan
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The Progenitors Await the First Dawn
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The Sacrificial Killings Begin
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The Foundation of Cumarcah
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The Quiches Garrison the Conquered Regions
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The Great Houses of the Cavec Lords
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Index
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About the author (2007)

Allen J. Christenson is Associate Professor of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. He is the author of Art and Society in a Highland Maya Community: The Altarpiece of Santiago Atitlan .

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