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Popol Vuh: A Sacred Book of the Maya (1999)

by Victor Montejo

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The illustrations in this collection of creation stories/folklore are very colorful. The stories were translated from K'iche' into Latin in 1558 and then translated into Spanish by Priest Francisco Ximenez in 1701. Since the Spanish destroyed the books of the Mayan civilization, this book is an important document. Some of the stories like "The Messenger Creatures" are reminiscent of the Native American creation stories from North America. I would recommend the book as a companion piece for students in 6-12 grade. ( )
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One of the few Maya documents to survive the Spanish conquest, the Popol Vuh describes the creation of the Maya universe and of humans. It tells the tale of the Hero Twins, who defeated the gods of the underworld in a ball game, and details the legendary history of the Quiche Maya rulers until their imprisonment and torture by the Spanish. Equivalent to the Bible and the Greek and Roman mythologies, the Popol Vuh is the essential text of Mayan culture. Here, vivid images and captivating text will fascinate children.

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One of the few Maya documents to survive the Spanish conquest, the "Popol Vuh" describes the creation of the Maya universe and of humans. It tells the tale of the Hero Twins, who defeated the gods of the underworld in a ball game, and details the legendary history of the Quiche Maya rulers until their imprisonment and torture by the Spanish. Here, vivid images and captivating text will fascinate children. 20 color illustrations.… (more)

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