While there are several interpretations of "Popol Vuh" in print, this is by far the definitive. Please try again. 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. Retaining the poetic style of the original text, the translation is also remarkably accessible to English readers. Generally regarded as America's oldest book, the Popol Vuh, in fact, corresponds to our Christian Bible, and it is, moreover. Scherzer, Carl, ed. Everyone in the world knows something about the Mayans and their beliefs, but most don't know or understand their religion in full. While it is true most Nations didn't, the fact is that the Zapotecs, Mayans and others in Mesoamerica did in fact have a great many books, though most of their sacred texts were lost to the fires of the Spanish conquistadors and missionaries. Next time some thought policeman starts droning on about how bad the Conquistadors were, have them read this while keeping in mind the epic levels of human sacrifice (that means killing innocent people as a form of religious worship) and cannibalism (eating parts of those aforementioned innocent people) that the dominant native civilizations were engaged in. 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. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. 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. Popol Vuh: The Sacred Boo... In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. The Popol Vuh is considered sacred by modern Maya and is a priceless resource for understanding Maya … Popol Vuh: The Definitive Edition of The Mayan Book of The Dawn of Life and The Glories of Gods and Kings, Patterns of World History: Volume One: To 1600. Offered by Amazon.com. Unable to add item to List. Adri n Recinos-who made a new Spanish translation from the original Xim‚nez manuscript in Quiche after he had discovered differences, omissions, and changes in the text published by Brasseur de Bourbourg in 1861?is a distinguished diplomat as well as linguist, archaeologist, and ethnologist. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. The Popol Vuh may be divided into three parts. Anyone wishing to aquire a higher understanding of the Quiche` Maya and a most accurate interpretation of their Creation stories will Love this Book. Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiche Maya (Civilization of the American Indian (Paperback)). It is here tranliterated into english to give the closest sense to the original. For the 2020 holiday season, returnable items shipped between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2021. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, + $12.44 Shipping & Import Fees Deposit to France. Most importantly, very readable. Please verify cost before checkout. This book was very fun to read! Most of the Maya books were destroyed by zealous priests during the colonial era: the Popol Vuh survived by chance and the original is currently housed at the Newberry Library in Chicago. The Codex Borgia: A Full-Color Restoration of the Ancient Mexican Manuscript (Dover Fine Art, History of Art). Just search Popol Vuh animated version and you'll find it. If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2009. as a companion as these texts are fantastic and illuminating when you wish to understand the fascinating world of Mayan culture. This is also an interesting read for anyone who is interested in comparing this creation text to others for religious studies. You'll notice a lot of similarities to Christian and other religious stories. 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. The Popol Vuh is the most important example of Maya literature to have survived the Spanish conquest. Unable to add item to List. Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Maya: The Great Classic of Central American Spirituality, Translated from the Original Maya Text, Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Maya: The Great Classic of Central American Spirituality…. Mayan civilization which despite being 'off the mainstream' is nevertheless as worthy of comparitive study as the more apparently 'successful' systems which currently dominate. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. The Spanish taxed the rest of these dirt poor Mayans also. Allen J. Christenson is Associate Professor of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. AP World History Review: Fantastic book on the history of the Maya, Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2014. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. It is also one of the world’s great creation accounts, comparable to the beauty and power of Genesis. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Christenson completed his goal of given these ancient authors their voice once more. The book itself is quite interesting and important to understanding the history of Latin America, but I would definitely recommend hard copy over Kindle version. beautifully translated and a great insight into Mayan culture, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 22, 2013. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Beautiful work. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. The Popol Vuh is a creation story and mythical history of the Quiche Maya, and one of their few books to survive. Highly recommend for any student of Antrhopology and/or Old-World Religion's. Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2016, Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2016, Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2014. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. This is one of the classic texts of human spiritual experience. has been added to your Cart. A common misconception is that the Native Americans did not have a written language. In the creation myth of the Popol Vuh , there were two creator gods, Gucumatz and Tepeu. A beautiful creation myth poem, with very scholarly footnotes. 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. Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2000. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Other Religions, Practices & Sacred Texts, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. It is super difficult to navigate because it incorporates all the footnotes into the reading. Thoroughly researched, with a detailed, clear introduction that gives helpful context for someone new to the text. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. The Quiche Language is unique in that... like Latin... there are 'root' meanings sometimes accommodating "Modern Words" like Air Plane and Electricity, to be translated directly back into Quiche. Please try again. Please try again. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Years of work to create a masterpiece . Their is mention of how the Spanish wiped out 89% of the Mayan siting that their way of life is worthless and they should convert to the Spanish version of Christianity or else they would be enslaved. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Other Religions, Practices & Sacred Texts, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. 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. Click on the price to find out more about a book. If 99% of their writings had not been destroyed by the 'overzealous' Catholic Monks who, in the beginning, left their writings alone... their history would have included their engineering and astronomical calculations in more detail. Makes modern day Devil worship peers look like slackers. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. It would likely be much more easily read in print media. Las historias del origen de los indios de esta provincia de Guatemala. Both the adventures of the various Mayan gods and the tales of wars between the Quichés and the so-called nations offer an interesting read and an insight to early Central American culture.