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Time Among the Maya: Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico (1989)

by Ronald Wright

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The Maya of Central America created one of the most dazzling civilizations on this earth, which is often compared to Ancient Greece. The Maya had a delight in creation, expressed in art, architecture, pottery, astronomy, mathematics and mythology, all combined with a deep, metaphysical fascination with time. This civilization seems to have collapsed in the ninth century, some five hundred years before the Spanish conquest of America. Ronald Wright travelled through the old territories of the Maya (the jungles and mountains of Guatemala, Belize and Mexico) to explore the ancient roots of their culture and to map out what has survived. Despite civil wars and centuries of oppression by first an Hispanic, then Mestizo culture, he discovers a region where seven million people still speak Mayan languages and struggle to maintain their resilient, indigenous culture. It is at once a riveting journey, written with wit and wisdom, but also a study of a civilization. It is travel writing at its broadest and its best.… (more)
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    Cut Stones and Crossroads: A Journey in the Two Worlds of Peru (Travel Library) by Ronald Wright (rakerman)
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    Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya by William Carlsen (rakerman)
    rakerman: Jungle of Stone tells the tale of the rediscovery of the Maya cities, and Time Among the Maya tells the tale of the Maya civilisation itself, with a focus on its perception of time, so the books offer different sides of the Maya story.
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Only read the Yucatan chapter.
Reading it in 2022 it aeems a bit outdated. ( )
  kakadoo202 | Aug 21, 2022 |
Another recommendation from random travel buddies Joe & Joe, and another I've heard of - this gets a lot of press - but I'm still not sold on it.
  AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
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The Maya of Central America created one of the most dazzling civilizations on this earth, which is often compared to Ancient Greece. The Maya had a delight in creation, expressed in art, architecture, pottery, astronomy, mathematics and mythology, all combined with a deep, metaphysical fascination with time. This civilization seems to have collapsed in the ninth century, some five hundred years before the Spanish conquest of America. Ronald Wright travelled through the old territories of the Maya (the jungles and mountains of Guatemala, Belize and Mexico) to explore the ancient roots of their culture and to map out what has survived. Despite civil wars and centuries of oppression by first an Hispanic, then Mestizo culture, he discovers a region where seven million people still speak Mayan languages and struggle to maintain their resilient, indigenous culture. It is at once a riveting journey, written with wit and wisdom, but also a study of a civilization. It is travel writing at its broadest and its best.

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