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Popol Vuh

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Popol Vuh, the Quiche Mayan book of creation, is not only the most important text in the native languages of the Americas, it is also an extraordinary document of the human imagination. It begins with the deeds of Mayan gods in the darkness of a primeval sea and ends with the radiant splendor of the Mayan lords who founded the Quiche kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands. Originally written in Mayan hieroglyphs, it was transcribed into the Roman alphabet in the sixteenth century. This new edition of Dennis Tedlock's unabridged, widely praised translation includes new notes and commentary, newly translated passages, newly deciphered hieroglyphs, and over forty new illustrations.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • b&w photographs, line drawings, maps
  • 0684818450
  • 9780684818450
  • 208,842

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"Carlos FuentesPopol Vuh" is one of the great books about the creation of the world. It is the Mayan Bible. "Los Angeles Times"The volume is required reading for everyone seriously interested in Native American literature or in Meso-American cultural history. Its publication is a major event. Vine Deloria, Jr.author of "Custer Died for Your Sins"Tedlock's translation is sensitive, precise, and illuminating. It will greatly help the "Popol Vuh" achieve its rightful place as a masterpiece of religious writing, familiar to all those who seek a message that transcends ordinary concerns. William Arrowsmith, Robert W. WoodruffProfessor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Emory UniversityDennis Tedlock's splendid version...[is] the work of a brilliant anthropologist who is also a true "poet of performance," himself trained by a native Quiche master....Superb notes and glossary...An event of quite exceptional importance. "Carlos Fuentes Popol Vuh" is one of the great books about the creation of the world. It is the Mayan Bible. "Los Angeles Times" The volume is required reading for everyone seriously interested in Native American literature or in Meso-American cultural history. Its publication is a major event. Vine Deloria, Jr. author of "Custer Died for Your Sins" Tedlock's translation is sensitive, precise, and illuminating. It will greatly help the "Popol Vuh" achieve its rightful place as a masterpiece of religious writing, familiar to all those who seek a message that transcends ordinary concerns. William Arrowsmith, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Emory University Dennis Tedlock's splendid version...[is] the work of a brilliant anthropologist who is also a true "poet of performance," himself trained by a native Quiche master....Superb notes and glossary...An event of quite exceptional importance. Vine Deloria, Jr. author of Custer Died for Your Sins Tedlock's translation is sensitive, precise, and illuminating. It will greatly help the Popol Vuh achieve its rightful place as a masterpiece of religious writing, familiar to all those who seek a message that transcends ordinary concerns. Los Angeles Times The volume is required reading for everyone seriously interested in Native American literature or in Meso-American cultural history. Its publication is a major event. Carlos Fuentes Popol Vuh is one of the great books about the creation of the world. It is the Mayan Bible. William Arrowsmith, Robert W. WoodruffProfessor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Emory UniversityDennis Tedlock's splendid version...[is] the work of a brilliant anthropologist who is also a true "poet of performance," himself trained by a native Quiche master....Superb notes and glossary...An event of quite exceptional importance. Vine Deloria, Jr.author of "Custer Died for Your Sins"Tedlock's translation is sensitive, precise, and illuminating. It will greatly help the "Popol Vuh" achieve its rightful place as a masterpiece of religious writing, familiar to all those who seek a message that transcends ordinary concerns. "Los Angeles Times"The volume is required reading for everyone seriously interested in Native American literature or in Meso-American cultural history. Its publication is a major event. "Carlos FuentesPopol Vuh" is one of the great books about the creation of the world. It is the Mayan Bible.show more

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Popol Vuh, the Quiche Mayan book of creation, is not only the most important text in the native languages of the Americas, it is also an extraordinary document of the human imagination. It begins with the deeds of Mayan gods in the darkness of a primeval sea and ends with the radiant splendor of the Mayan lords who founded the Quiche kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands. Originally written in Mayan hieroglyphs, it was transcribed into the Roman alphabet in the sixteenth century. This new edition of Dennis Tedlock's unabridged, widely praised translation includes new notes and commentary, newly translated passages, newly deciphered hieroglyphs, and over forty new illustrations.show more

About Dennis Tedlock

Dennis Tedlock is McNulty Professor of English and Research Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the coeditor of American Anthropologist and the author of several books.show more

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