In the Language of Kings: An Anthology of Mesoamerican Literature--pre-Columbian to the Present

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - Literary Collections - 718 pages
The first anthology in any language to present the full trajectory of this remarkable literature. From new interpretations of the glyphic writings of the Maya through the poetic response to events in modern Chiapas, here is a history of Mexico and Central America from the Indian point of view. It is a literary journey into the heart of one of the world's great civilizations. In these pages the reader will encounter, often in new translations, deeply affecting Aztec poems, horrific accounts of conquest, and the thoughtful philosophy of the Mayan "bible," the Popol Vuh. Full, clear introductions give any reader access to this extraordinary material. In the Language of Kings is a gemstone of cultural strength for those who trace their ancestry to Mesoamerica, as well as an essential resource for historians and anthropologists. Above all, it is literature: intimate, grand, painful, proud, and finally renascent in the new awakening of the original peoples of Mesoamerica.
 

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Check it out, this is a good ass book. If you're into cultura this book has poems, history, etc in everything Mesoamericana. Mexica,Otomí, everything. Even La Causa. Ya Sabes, Ese

Contents

Bawdy Poems 1
2
GENERAL INTRODUCTION BY MIG UE L L E Ö NPORTILLA
8
The Songs of Dzitbalche 550
38
2
46
FOUR PRECO LUMBIAN DOC U M ENTS 4 2
70
S O N G S AND PO E M S
77
War Songs I 15
115
Otomi Songs in Nahuatl
135
Book II Maya Literature
393
R A M AT I C L IT E R A T U R E
471
P O L IT I C A L L IT E R AT U R E
494
Character PredictionsChilam Balam of Mani
504
Maya Chronicles 5 14
514
Last Flight of the Quetzal Prince
523
Prayers for Rain
556
Proverbs
564

S A C R E D N A R R AT I V E
182
SAC R E D H Y M N S PRAY E R S AND C E R E M ON I E S 2 08
209
H U E H U E T L A H TO L L I
230
Ceremonies of SacrificeFlorentine Codex 2 56
256
P R O V E R B S CON UN D R U M S AND METAP HO R S
267
H IS TO RIC A L N A R R AT I V E S 2 7 6
277
The Conquest of Tenochtitlan
286
NA H U A H IS TO RIA N S OF T H E C O L O N IA L
310
The Sweeper of the Path
570
MO DE R N S TO RI E S F A B L E S AND PO E M S
601
Other Mesoamerican Literatures
615
Z A P O T E C
629
O TO M I
636
T L A P A N E C
645
GLOSS ARY OF NAMES TERMS AND CONCEPTS 64 7
674
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Miguel Leon-Portilla, author of more than forty books including "Broken Spears", is the world's leading scholar on Mesoamerican literature. He lives in Mexico.

Earl Shorris, author of many works of fiction & nonfiction, lives in New York & San Francisco.

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