A Mayan Drama of Sacrifice
By (author) Dennis Tedlock
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Rabinal Achi by Dennis Tedlock
Book DescriptionHere is one of the most important surviving works of pre-Columbian civilization, Rabinal Achi, a Mayan drama set a century before the arrival of the Spanish, produced by the translator of the best selling Popol Vuh. The first direct translation into English from Quiche Maya, based on the original text, Rabinal Achi is the story of city-states, war, and nobility, of diplomacy, mysticism, and psychic journeys. Dennis Tedlock's translation is clear and vivid; more than that, it is rooted in an understanding of how the play is actually performed. Despite being banned for centuries by Spanish authorities, it survived in actual practice, and is still performed in the town of Rabinal today. Tedlock provides an introduction and commentary that explain the historical events compressed into the play, the Spanish influence on the Mayan dramatic tradition, and the cultural and religious world preserved in this remarkable play.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195139754
(229mm x 147mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 16-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Dennis Tedlock
Popol Vuh, Paperback (February 1996)
This is a translation of one of the most important texts in the native languages of the Americas, "Popol Vuh: The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life". This edition features with newly deciphered hieroglyphics that show the deep roots of the "Popol Vuh" in Mayan culture.
Teachings from the American Earth, Paperback (November 1992)
"A much needed book. It not only provides the proper orientation to its material, but its humanistic approach is more perceptive and illuminating than technical scholarship." -Theodore H. Gaster, Columbia University
Games of the North American Indian, Paperback (June 1992)» View all books by Dennis Tedlock
Games figured prominently in the myths of North American Indian tribes, and also in their ceremonies for bringing rain and fertility and combating misfortune. This work describes the practice of archery and games like snow-snake, in which darts or javelins were hurled over snow or ice.
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Author Biography - Dennis Tedlock
Dennis Tedlock is Distinguished Professor of English and Anthropology at the State University of New York, Buffalo.
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