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Civilization of the American Indian Series #29: Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiche Maya

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This is the first complete version in English of the "Book of the People" of the Quiche Maya, the most powerful nation of the Guatemalan highlands in pre-Conquest times and a branch of the ancient Maya, whose remarkable civilization in pre-Columbian America is in many ways comparable to the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean. Generally regarded as America's oldest book, the Popol Vuh, in fact, corresponds to our Christian Bible, and it is, moreover, the most important of the five pieces of the great library treasures of the Maya that survived the Spanish Conquest.

The Popol Vuh was first transcribed in the Quiche language, ·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. 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.

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. 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.

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"During the middle of the sixteenth century a literate Quiché Indian transcribed his folk legends into Latin script in his own language. Late in the seventeenth century Father Francisco Ximénez, parish priest of Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, copied and translated the now lost manuscript. This is the first complete English translation, taken from the Spanish version of the Guatemalan diplomat, linguist, and ethnologist, Adrián Recinos....Its account of their cosmogony, mythology, traditions, and history will prove intensely interesting to students of anthropology, folklore, theology, and history." American Sociological Review

Review:

"'Popol Vuh,' meaning 'Book of Community,' is a mixed record of the cosmic beliefs, folklore, semi-historical migrations and genealogies of the Quiché Indians, one of the Maya tribes that lives in the highlands of Guatemala....The book is well worth reading. Here is a narrative of bold mythological adventures combined with the facts of recorded history; a picture of a world mentally and emotionally remote from our own." New York Herald Tribune.

Synopsis:

This is the first complete version in English of the "Book of the People" of the Quiche Maya, the most powerful nation of the Guatemalan highlands in pre-Conquest times and a branch of the ancient Maya, whose remarkable civilization in pre-Columbian America is in many ways comparable to the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean. Generally regarded as America's oldest book, the Popol Vuh, in fact, corresponds to our Christian Bible, and it is, moreover, the most important of the five pieces of the great library treasures of the Maya that survived the Spanish Conquest.

About the Author

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. For sixteen years (1928- 44), minister and ambassador to the United States from his native Guatemala, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from George Washington University in 1942. Now retired, he lives in Guatemala City, where he pursues his linguistic and archaeological avocations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806122663
Translator:
Goetz, Delia
Translator:
Morley, Aylvanus G.
Translator:
Goetz, Delia
Translator:
Morley, Aylvanus G.
Author:
Morley, Sylvanus G.
Author:
Recinos, Adrien
Author:
Goetz, Delia
Translator:
Recinos, Adrian
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Religion and mythology
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Quiche Indians
Subject:
Latin America - Central America
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
World History-Central America
Subject:
Spirituality
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Civilization of the American Indian Series
Series Volume:
29
Publication Date:
19911231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
80 bandw illus., 6 maps
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 0.7 in 0.81 lb

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"Review" by , "During the middle of the sixteenth century a literate Quiché Indian transcribed his folk legends into Latin script in his own language. Late in the seventeenth century Father Francisco Ximénez, parish priest of Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, copied and translated the now lost manuscript. This is the first complete English translation, taken from the Spanish version of the Guatemalan diplomat, linguist, and ethnologist, Adrián Recinos....Its account of their cosmogony, mythology, traditions, and history will prove intensely interesting to students of anthropology, folklore, theology, and history."
"Review" by , "'Popol Vuh,' meaning 'Book of Community,' is a mixed record of the cosmic beliefs, folklore, semi-historical migrations and genealogies of the Quiché Indians, one of the Maya tribes that lives in the highlands of Guatemala....The book is well worth reading. Here is a narrative of bold mythological adventures combined with the facts of recorded history; a picture of a world mentally and emotionally remote from our own."
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This is the first complete version in English of the "Book of the People" of the Quiche Maya, the most powerful nation of the Guatemalan highlands in pre-Conquest times and a branch of the ancient Maya, whose remarkable civilization in pre-Columbian America is in many ways comparable to the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean. Generally regarded as America's oldest book, the Popol Vuh, in fact, corresponds to our Christian Bible, and it is, moreover, the most important of the five pieces of the great library treasures of the Maya that survived the Spanish Conquest.

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