Aztec and Maya Myths
By (author) Karl Taube
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Aztec and Maya Myths by Karl Taube
Book DescriptionThe myths of the Aztec and Maya derive from a shared Mesoamerican cultural tradition. This is very much a living tradition, and many of the motifs and gods mentioned in early sources are still evoked in the lore of contemporary Mexico and Guatemala. Professor Taube discusses the different sources for Aztec and Maya myths. The Aztec empire began less than 200 years before the Spanish conquest, and our knowledge of their mythology derives primarily from native colonial documents and manuscripts commissioned by the Spanish. The Maya mythology is far older, and our knowledge of it comes mainly from native manuscripts of the Classic period, over 600 years before the Spanish conquest. Drawing on these sources as well as nineteenth- and twentieth-century excavations and research, including the interpretation of the codices and the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing, the author discusses, among other things, the Popol Vuh myths of the Maya, the flood myth of Northern Yucatan, and the Aztec creation myths.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780292781306
(240mm x 172mm x 8mm)
Imprint: University of Texas Press
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1993
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Karl Taube
Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya, Paperback (April 1997)View all books by Karl Taube
This is a dictionary of Mesoamerican mythology and religion, which seeks to act as a guide to the labyrinthine symbolic world. Nearly 300 entries describe the main gods and symbols, accompanied by illustrations, while two introductory essays provide accounts of Mesoamerican history and religion.
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