Everyone in the world knows something about the Mayans and their beliefs, but most don't know or understand their religion in full. Most importantly, very readable. Please try again. There is also a video version of this available on my youtube channel. The Popol Vuh is the most important example of Maya literature to have survived the Spanish conquest. Brand new Book. University of Oklahoma Press; 13th Printing edition (December 15, 1991), Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2014. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. 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. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. The way that Christenson translated this from the original language was not only fluid but captured the voice of the Maya. (Prices may vary for AK and HI.). Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Please try your request again later. Well presented with an informative introduction and knowledgeable presentation. Now retired, he lives in Guatemala City, where he pursues his linguistic and archaeological avocations. The Popol Vuh is a sacred Maya text which narrates the Maya creation myths and describes the early Maya dynasties. The Popol Vuh ("Council Book" or "Council Papers") is the most important sacred book of the Quiché; (or K'iche') Maya of the Guatemalan Highlands. Makes modern day Devil worship peers look like slackers. These Sacred Writings of the Quiche Maya are the same story but different 'translations' giving an interesting perspective of their history. Classic religious/spiritual text with important creation myths encoded. Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Maya: The Great Classic of Central American Spirituality, Translated from the Original Maya Text, Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Maya: The Great Classic of Central American Spirituality…. The introduction is repetitive and full of stuff you'll never remember anyway. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2000. For the 2020 holiday season, returnable items shipped between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2021. Popol Vuh: The Definitive Edition of The Mayan Book of The Dawn of Life and The Glories of Gods and Kings, Patterns of World History: Volume One: To 1600. This is one of the classic texts of human spiritual experience. Illustrated with more than eighty drawings, photographs, and maps, Allen J. Christenson’s authoritative version brings out the richness and elegance of this sublime work of literature, comparable to such epic masterpieces as the Ramayana and Mahabharata of India or the Iliad and Odyssey of Greece. Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2016. A common misconception is that the Native Americans did not have a written language. Please try again. Please verify cost before checkout. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Most previous translations have relied on Spanish versions rather than the original K’iche’-Maya text. Retaining the poetic style of the original text, the translation is also remarkably accessible to English readers. Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2016, Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2016, Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2014. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Allen J. Christenson is Associate Professor of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Both the adventures of the various Mayan gods and the tales of wars between the Quichés and the so-called nations offer an interesting read and an insight to early Central American culture. If Maya creation text interests you, I highly recommend this book! Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (A New Verse Translation), The Human Story: Our History, from the Stone Age to Today. Packed full of useful information and a great translation of the text ! Highly recommend for any student of Antrhopology and/or Old-World Religion's. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Maya: The Great Classic of Central American Spirituality, Translated from the Original Maya Text, Popol Vuh: The Definitive Edition of The Mayan Book of The Dawn of Life and The Glories of Gods and Kings, Popol Vuh: Literal Poetic Version Translation and Transcription, Mexican Muralists: Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros, A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies, An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya, Black People are Indigenous to the Americas: Research Material for the Inquisitive, Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs (Eighth Edition). Please try again. Based on ten years of research by a leading scholar of Maya literature, this translation with extensive notes is uniquely faithful to the original language. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Beautiful work. 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. This Mayan story of creation had many dark twists and turns, such as when the gods were not pleased with the people created out of trees, so the sentenced to death by sending a large flood to wipe them out. 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. The Popol Vuh may be divided into three parts. Get 3 for the price of 2. In Popol Vuh, anonymous Mayan authors excellently combine both the history and the lore of the Quiché Maya to tell the story of their origin and explain their existence as well as explain why things in the world happened the way that they did. Next time some thought policeman starts droning on about how bad the Conquistadors were, have them read this while keeping in mind the epic levels of human sacrifice (that means killing innocent people as a form of religious worship) and cannibalism (eating parts of those aforementioned innocent people) that the dominant native civilizations were engaged in. Years of work to create a masterpiece . The Popol Vuh is considered sacred by modern Maya and is a priceless resource for understanding Maya … Find all the books, read about the author, and more. This first English translation of the book is still one of the best and certainly a great source for gaining an understanding of Mayan religion and belief. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. It would likely be much more easily read in print media. About 3/8ths of the book is readable but the rest is not. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2009. It is super difficult to navigate because it incorporates all the footnotes into the reading. This is a very well researched and beautifully translated work. Click on the price to find out more about a book. This book is pretty much an admission that the Spanish were right to smite this civilization from the Earth.