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Popol vuh : the Mayan book of the dawn of life

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"Popol Vuh, the Quiche Mayan book of creation, is not only the most important text in the native languages of the Americas, it is also an extraordinary document of the human imagination. It begins with the deeds of Mayan gods in the darkness of a primeval sea and ends with the radiant splendor of the Mayan lords who founded the QUiche kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands. Originally written in Mayan hieroglyphs, it was transcribed into the Roman alphabet in the sixteenth century. This new edition of Dennis Tedlock's unabridged, widely praised translation includes new notes and commentary, newly translated passages, newly deciphered hieroglyphs, and over forty new illustrations."

Warlords of ancient Mexico : how the Mayans and Aztecs ruled for more than a thousand years

Tsouras, Peter, author. |

"More than thirteen centuries of incredible spellbinding history are detailed in this intriguing study of the rulers and warriors of Mexico. Dozens of these charismatic leaders of nations and armies are brought to life by the deep research and entertaining storytelling of Peter Tsouras. Tsouras introduces the reader to the colossal personalities of the period: Smoking Frog, the Mexican Machiavelli, the Poet Warlord, the Lion of Anahuac, and others ... all of them warlords who shaped one of the most significant regions in world history, men who influenced the civilization of half a continent. The warlords of Mexico, for all their fascinating lives and momentous acts, have been largely ignored by writers and historians, but here that disappointing record is put right by a range of detailed biographies that entertain as they inform. Students of the area, historians working in American history, and long-term visitors and tourists to the region will gain a much clearer understanding of the background history of these territories and the men who formed and reformed them"--Page 4 of cover.

The first Maya civilization : ritual and power before the classic period

Estrada Belli, Francisco. |

" Estrada-Belli (archaeology, Boston U.) conducted research for 10 years in and around the Holmul site in Guatemala, where the earliest Maya artifacts have been found, and here offers a first summary of his findings about how the civilization developed. Among his topics are the beginnings of Maya civilization, peasant pioneers, preclassic kingdoms and the AD 100 conjuncture across the lowland, activating the Maya cosmos with the earliest plaza rituals, and the eclipse of El Mirador and the rise of classic kingdoms."

The classic Maya

Houston, Stephen D. |

"In the first millennium A.D., the classic Maya created courtly societies in and around the Yucatan Peninsula that have left some of the most striking intellectual and aesthetic achievements of the ancient world, including large settlements like Tikal, Copan, and Palenque. This book is a synthesis of the Classic Maya. It is informed by new decipherment of hieroglyphs, decades of intensive excavation and survey. Structured by categories of person in society, it reports on kings, queens, nobles, gods, and ancestors, as well as the many millions of farmers and other figures who lived in societies predicated on sacred kingship and varying political programs. This text presents a tandem model of societies bound by moral covenants and convulsed by unavoidable tensions between groups, all affected by demographic trends and changing environments. It focuses on the Classic heartland but also refers to other zones."

The art of Mesoamerica : from Olmec to Aztec

Miller, Mary Ellen. |

"May Ellen Miller succinctly and evocatively surveys the artistic achievements of the high Precolumbian Civilizations--Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Aztec--as well as those of their less well-known contemporaries. Their pyramids and palaces, jades and brightly colored paintings emerge from these pages as vividly as when they first astonished Cortes's men in 1519."

Maya art and architecture

Miller, Mary Ellen, author. |

"Explores the visual world of the Maya, explaining how and why the Maya created paintings, sculpture and monuments. With an array of new material, from recent finds including the La Corona panels, to new studies of the monuments at Palenque, Zotz and elsewhere, to the beautiful wall paintings discovered in recent years, this new edition will be essential reading."