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Mesoamerican Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs of Mexico and Central America

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Mesoamerican Mythology introduces readers to the mythology of Mexico and Central America, with its primary focus on Mexican Highland and Maya areas based upon their importance to Mesoamerican history.

An extensive and edifying introduction defines the nature of myth, the Mesoamericans as a people, and the cultural worldview underlying their myths. Next, the book presents historical and mythological timelines, with each time period and cultural group fully defined and with readings and additional references suggested where appropriate. Also featured is a quick geographical and historical survey of Mesoamerica from the Paleoindian Era to the present, as well as a discussion of some of the challenges and possibilities that structure Mesoamerican studies. An annotated bibliography, an extensive reference list, and a glossary are included and pronunciation guides are given throughout.

Review:

"[A]n impressive and scholarly, but still student-friendly work." Library Journal

Review:

"Although analytical and exploratory, the essays also convey the richness and imaginativeness of Mesoamerican myth." Booklist

Synopsis:

An excellent resource, Handbook of Mesoamerican Mythology introduces readers to the mythology of Mexico and Central America. Its chief focus is on Mexican Highland and Maya areas, as they were, and are, of utmost importance to Mesoamerican history.

An extensive and edifying introduction defines the nature of myth, the Mesoamericans as a people, and the cultural worldview that informed Mesoamerican mythology. The Handbook presents historical and mythological timelines, with each time period and cultural group fully defined. Also featured is a quick geographical and historical survey of Mesoamerica from the Paleoindian Era to the present, as well as a discussion of some of the challenges and possibilities that structure Mesoamerican studies. Moreover, an extensive reference list and a glossary of cultural and mythological terms are included, and pronunciation guides are given throughout. With an annotated bibliography that ranges from film to websites, fiction to poetry, and from introductory to scholarly works, the book is an all-embracing portal to its subject.

About the Author

Kay Almere Read is Associate Professor of Comparative Religion at DePaul University and is the author of Time and Sacrifice in the Aztec Cosmos.

Jason J. Gonzalez is a graduate student in anthropology, specializing in Maya archaeology, at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has extensive field-experience on archaeological projects in Mesoamerica and the United States, as well as on the Pacific islands of Micronesia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195149098
Author:
Read, Kay Almere
Author:
Gonzalez, Jason J.
Author:
null, Jason J.
Author:
null, Kay Almere
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Indian mythology
Subject:
Literature/English | Mythology
Subject:
Literature/English | Mythology and Folklore
Subject:
Indian mythology -- Mexico.
Subject:
Indian mythology -- Central America.
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Subject:
Literature/English | Mythology & Folklore
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
vol. 28
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
76 halftones and maps
Pages:
354
Dimensions:
9.20x6.40x.94 in. 1.11 lbs.

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Product details 354 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195149098 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]n impressive and scholarly, but still student-friendly work."
"Review" by , "Although analytical and exploratory, the essays also convey the richness and imaginativeness of Mesoamerican myth."
"Synopsis" by , An excellent resource, Handbook of Mesoamerican Mythology introduces readers to the mythology of Mexico and Central America. Its chief focus is on Mexican Highland and Maya areas, as they were, and are, of utmost importance to Mesoamerican history.

An extensive and edifying introduction defines the nature of myth, the Mesoamericans as a people, and the cultural worldview that informed Mesoamerican mythology. The Handbook presents historical and mythological timelines, with each time period and cultural group fully defined. Also featured is a quick geographical and historical survey of Mesoamerica from the Paleoindian Era to the present, as well as a discussion of some of the challenges and possibilities that structure Mesoamerican studies. Moreover, an extensive reference list and a glossary of cultural and mythological terms are included, and pronunciation guides are given throughout. With an annotated bibliography that ranges from film to websites, fiction to poetry, and from introductory to scholarly works, the book is an all-embracing portal to its subject.

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