The Mythology of the Aztec and MayaPaperback
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- Publisher: SOUTHWATER
- Format: Paperback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 221mm x 295mm x 13mm | 499g
- Publication date: 30 April 2006
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 184476236X
- ISBN 13: 9781844762361
- Illustrations note: 200 colour photographs and illustrations
This is a comprehensive guide to the gods and goddesses, spirits and demons, myths and legends of Mexico and Central America. Over 200 stunning colour photographs, paintings, sculptures and artworks reveal the past in all its glory. It includes the true stories behind the tales that surround the mighty pyramids, the wonderful carvings and artefacts, its gleaming gold jewellery and precious stones of the region, and its cultures. This encyclopedic guide covers the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Toltec, Mixtec, Totonac, and Zapotec peoples, and attempts to explain the unsolved puzzles of their universe - the birth of the Sun, the mysteries of creation and birth, the development of humankind, and the meaning of death. Throughout these legends and tales, the themes of death and sacrifice constantly resonate, and this is reflected in all the major narrative cycles from the Maya story of the descent of the Hero Twins into the Underworld to the glorious legend of Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent. Lavishly illustrated throughout, with over 200 full-colour artworks, maps, drawings and photographs, this is an indispensable and very accessible reference guide to the mythology of Mexico and central America.
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Charles Phillips is an established writer of popular history, and a contributor to Cassell's Dictionary of Modern Britain, and many illustrated histories published by Dorling Kindersley, Guinness and Marshall Editions. He has a keen interest in the mythology and history of the great Maya and Aztec civilizations and was a key writer on Time Life's Myth and Mankind series, which blends mythology with the art of history of ancient cultures. Dr David M. Jones studied Anthropology and History at the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained a PhD in the Archaeology of the Americas at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London. Dr Jones worked as consultant on The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aztec & Maya and The Aztec and Maya World, both published by Lorenz Books.