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Maya Cosmosby David Freidel
Synopses & Reviews
In a spellbinding tour de force that "will take its place among the best books on the Maya" (USA Today), readers gain an appreciation of the survival of Mayan beliefs and customs as the authors are welcomed into present-day Mayan homes and allowed to witness sacred crermonies. 40 black-and-white photos; 25 line drawings; 16-page full-color photo insert.
A Masterful blend of archaeology, anthropology, astronomy, and lively personal reportage, Maya Comos tells a constellation of stories, from the historical to the mythological, and envokes the awesome power of one of the richest civilizations ever to grace the earth.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 495-523) and index.
About the Author
David Friedel and Linda Schele are the authors of A Forest of Kings (Quill, 1991). David Friedel has been a Maya archaeologist for more than twenty years and is a professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. A well-known authority on Maya writing and art, Linda Schele is the John D. Murchinson Regents Professor in Art at the University of Texas in Austin. Joy Parker has taught writing workshops at Columbia University and New York University. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
Worlds apart, joined together : the road of Maya reality — The hearth and the tree : Maya creation — Centering the world — Maya souls — Ensouling the world and raising the tree — Dancing across the abyss : Maya festival and pageant — Flint-shields and battle beasts : the warrior path of kingship — Gaming with the gods : destiny and history in Maya thought.
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