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Description - Aztec and Maya Myths by Karl Taube

The 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 Details

ISBN: 9780292781306
ISBN-10: 029278130X
Format: Paperback
(243mm x 171mm x 7mm)
Pages: 80
Imprint: University of Texas Press
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1993
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Karl Taube

Karl Taube is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside.