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20. Popol Vuh the Jaguar Priests

1. Popol Vuh : The Definitive Edition Of The Mayan Book Of The Dawn Of Life And The Glories Of
by Dennis Tedlock
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Catlog: Book (1996-01-31)
Publisher: Touchstone
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Popol Vuh, the Quiché 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 Quiché 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. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ian Myles Slater on: Even More Definitive?
The "Popol Vuh," written in a Mayan language but a European script, is the most substantial surviving account of the Maya view of their own history, including that of their gods and divine ancestors, and has presented a host of problems for translators. The Tedlock translation of 1985 added new information to the work of many distinguished predecessors, and made substantial parts of the narrative clear (or at least much clearer).

The fact that a fairly extensively revised edition of this book was not only possible, but necessary, a decade after its first publication (in 1985) might have discouraged the publisher from calling the new version "Definitive." However, that seems to be the recent marketing buzzword. But how would a third edition be described? (Dennis Tedlock has recently -- 2003 -- returned to the writings of the post-Conquest Maya aristocrats who actually produced the existing "Popol Vuh," in "Rabinal Achi: A Mayan Drama of War and Sacrifice," so it is clear that his work in the area continues.)

In fact, the work of Dennis and Barbara Tedlock with living Quiche Maya ritualists (priests / diviners / shamans), which, in the first edition, added so much to understanding this early post-Conquest text, was part of a larger expansion of Maya studies, including a more complete decipherment of ancient inscriptions, and greatly improved studies of Maya art. It is now possible to recognize events, and even characters, of the "Popol Vuh" in art centuries older, and their even older prototypes a millennium earlierl. Meso-American cultures have been re-analyzed, and lost details recovered, as part of a major, and very rapid, shift in understanding.

As an example: a large part of the story of "Popol Vuh" involves games played in ball-courts, in this world and the world of the dead; a major collection of papers on this theme, in Mayan and other cultures, "The Mesoamerican Ballgame," was based on a conference held the same year the first edition of Tedlock's translation appeared (Scarborough and Wilcox, 1991).

Another change was the adoption of a new official system for writing Mayan languages in the Roman alphabet, one devised, for the first time, by native speakers of the various languages. This adds considerably to etymological and grammatical precision, but enormously complicates recognizing words and names in older systems. (Anyone familiar with the juggling of Wade-Giles and Pinyin transliterations of Chinese will be only too familiar with the kind of adjustment process for ordinary readers.)

Tedlock has attempted, with considerable success, to incorporate this new information, and the new transcription system, into the old structure of the book. In the process, besides adding fascinating illustrations and fine-tuning the translation, he has restructured the introduction and notes. Some interesting personal observations are gone, or greatly reduced. References to older literature, often with Tedlock's reconsiderations, have generally been replaced by citations of more recent studies. Once debatable points have been given firm answers, and new questions have been raised. Some material which, at a first glance, I assumed to be missing, turned out, on close examination (with copies of both editions open in front of me, and the help of a lot of post-it flags), to have been broken up or consolidated in different contexts. In a few places, however, the strain shows, as a once-clear line of argument is disrupted. The sheer complication of the material explicated, in which social, cosmic / astronomical, and agricultural references are constantly intertwined, probably made this inevitable.

Archeological and epigraphic material has somewhat eclipsed in prominence the modern Maya contribution to this edition, although for fuller information it was always necessary to turn to Barbara Tedlock's "Time and the Highland Maya."

Among more recent publications of considerable value for understanding the mythological and astronomical material, Susan Milbrath's "Star Gods of the Maya: Astronomy in Art, Folklore, and Calendars" (1999) is exhausting, but I found it particularly illuminating. A series of books of which the late Linda Schele was co-author or co-editor (The Blood of Kings," 1986; "The Forest of Kings," 1990; "Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman's Path," 1993; and "The Code of Kings," 1999) are more popular in style, and very rewarding; unfortunately, like everything else in Mayan studies, they have dated very quickly, and the reader should always keep the date of publication in mind. Technical studies -- linguistic, epigraphic, archeological, art-historical -- are now abundant, but also harder for me to judge.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Mayan Bible
This prize-winning translation of the Popol Vuh, the Mayan Bible, is the best one ever published. The translator not only knows the language but he is also a participant in the culture. His other books, "Days from a Dream Almanac" (poetry) and "Breath on the Mirror" (short stories)show his deeply poetic understanding of the culture. Now he has a new translation "Rabinal Achi," a Pre-Columbian Mayan play still performed today. These are mystical books that are also absolutely accurate.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
Vastly inferior to the 1985 edition. Usually a book has more information in the 2nd edition. This has MUCH less. Huge sections of the background information have been removed. Does the author think this makes the book MORE comprehensible?

5-0 out of 5 stars The Authority
It is difficult to imagine a better version of the "Popol Vuh" than this one. It is literary, it is scholarly, and it is well written - by a man who knows his subject. It provides incredible insight into the world of the ancient Maya and their modern descendents.

If you're interested in Maya studies and you haven't read this book yet, then you haven't even gotten started. As time goes on it becomes more and more apparent that this book is our guide to understanding Maya iconography, and we are incredibly lucky to have a book like this available to us at all. To have such a well-done translation is almost too much to ask. Small wonder that other writers on the Maya simply cite this book as "Tedlock" - it's considered a foregone conclusion that you know which book is meant.

Now if only somebody could come up with a good English version of the "Chilam Balam." Are there any takers out there?

4-0 out of 5 stars a new world
If you are fascinated by the stories various peoples have told (and still tell) to explain who and why they are, this is essential reading. This Mayan genesis presents a new world, a new reality, peopled by heros, monkeys, and macaws, triumph and treachery. The translation will hold your attention, and the translator's notes on how the story happened to survive contribute to our understanding of this exotic and intriguing material. ... Read more


2. Popol Vuh: A Sacred Book of the Maya
by Victor Montejo, Luis Garay
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Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
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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. ... Read more


3. Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Maya
by Allen J. Christenson
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Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Mayan Languages
This translation of the Popol Vuh is not very good compared to the one by Dennis Tedlock that has been updated once again. This one does, however, have some interesting new photographs from the author's research among the Tzutuhil Maya around Lake Atitlan. Note that the Tzutuhil do they speak the language of the Popol Vuh (Quiche). The errors in translation relate to the differences in these two Mayan languages. ... Read more


4. Popol Vuh: Las Antiguas Historias Del Quiche De Guatemala
by Anonimo
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Catlog: Book (1991-01-01)
Publisher: Panamericana Editorial
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Antiguo libro maya...
Maravilloso libro que explica la mitologia maya. La historia de un pueblo, la creacion del hombre. Realmente imperdible para aquellos estudiosos del tema, y para aquellos curiosos, como yo. ... Read more


5. Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiche Maya (Civilization of American Indian Series, Vol 29)
by Adrian Recinos, Delia Goetz, Aylvanus G. Morley
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Catlog: Book (1991-09-01)
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
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2-0 out of 5 stars The K'iche' Mayan sacred book
This "translation" of the K'iche' Mayan sacred book was not made from the original K'iche' Mayan text but rather it is a weak translation from an early Spanish version based on an even weaker French version. There are many many mistakes. Reader beware!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sacred Book of the Maya
A common misconception is that the Native Americans did not have a written language. While it is true most Nations didn't, the fact is that the Zapotecs, Mayans and others in Mesoamerica did in fact have a great many books, though most of their sacred texts were lost to the fires of the Spanish conquistadors and missionaries. The Popol Vuh is a creation story and mythical history of the Quiche Maya, and one of their few books to survive. 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.

The book opens with a wonderful introduction that gives a background both of Mayan literature and of this book in particular, mentioning different authors, translators and copies through time. Its a wonderful introduction for a history of the Popol Vuh. It then goes to the translation itself, which includes the Mayan Creation story (which includes the Creators, and several creations and subsequent destructions of the world and mankind, a theme repeated amongst many other Native American Nations of Mexico and Central America) as well as the hero twins Hunahpu and Xblanque and their exploits against the Lords of Xibala (again, the theme of hero twins being repeated amongst many Nations in North and South America) and the kings of the Quiche Maya. Here we see divine right used as a justification for monarchy, a theme common the world over.

This is a wonderful book, detailing Native American religions and one of the few such books that is not taken from the notes of outsiders. It gives terrific insights into Mayan culture both today and in pre-contact and colonial times. Its also pretty nice to learn about the early literary traditions of the Americas. I strongly recommend anyone with an interest in Native American cultures and history check out both this and other books in the Civilization of the American Indians series from the University of Oklahoma.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great History
Anyone wishing to aquire a higher understanding of the Quiche` Maya and a most accurate interpretation of their Creation stories will Love this Book. While there are several interpretations of "Popol Vuh" in print, this is by far the definitive. Written as accurate to the original manuscripts as intended by the Mayan People. Highly recommend for any student of Antrhopology and/or Old-World Religion's. ... Read more


6. Popol Vuh : The Book of the Ancient Maya
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"Will prove intensely interesting to students of anthropology, folklore, theology, and history."--American Sociological Review"
A narrative of bold mythological adventures combined with the facts of recorded history; a picture of a world mentally and emotionally remote from our own."--New York Herald Tribune
The Popol Vuh, which was originally written in Quiché, is the bible of the Mayan people, encompassing their origin and creation stories as well as a wealth of ancient oral traditions. This edition--beautifully illustrated by Everett Gee Jackson and translated by Delia Goetz and Sylvanus Griswold Morley from the Spanish translation by Adrián Recinos--is widely regarded as the best and most authoritative available. Numerous illustrations; 6 halftones.
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7. Popol Vuh
by Adrian Recions, Adrian Recinos, Annimo
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Catlog: Book (1960-01-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars a journey in to the pre-hispanic mayan wolrld
I remember when I was about 16 or 17 years old I had to read this book as part of my homework, I became so passionate about the complete story and the journey were it takes you.It is a fascinating book that will allow you to take your self into the Mayan world and enyoy a spiritual jouney trhough time. ... Read more


8. Esotericism of the Popol Vuh
by Rafael Girard, Raphael Girard
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Catlog: Book (1987-06-01)
Publisher: Theosophical University PR
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9. Popol Vuh: The Great Mythological Book of the Ancient Maya
by Popol Vuh. English.
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Catlog: Book (1977-04-01)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (P)
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10. Popol vuh: Structure and meaning (Colección Plaza Mayor scholar v. 19)
by Margaret McClear

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Catlog: Book (1973)
Publisher: Playor
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11. El universo del Popol vuh: Análisis histórico, psicológico y filosófico del mito quiché
by Nahum Megged

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Catlog: Book (1991)
Publisher: Universidad del Valle de Atemajac
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12. Popol Vuh: The Mythic and Heroic Sagas of the Kiches of Central America
by Lewis Spence
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Catlog: Book (1942-05-31)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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1908. The Popol Vuh is the new world's richest mythological mine.It has been neglected because of the unthinking strictures passed upon its authenticity.That other manuscripts exist in Guatemala is probable. The only records of the faith ofthe builders of the mystic ruined and deserted cities of Central America should be recovered. ... Read more


13. Popol Vuh: The Definitive Edition of the Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life and the Glories of Gods and Kings
by Dennis Tedlock
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Catlog: Book (1985)
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14. Pop Wooh : Popol Vuh, le livre du temps, histoire sacrée des Mayas quichés
by Pierre DesRuisseaux, Daisy Amaya

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Catlog: Book (2002-08-22)
Publisher: Castor Astral
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15. Popol vuh: Das Buch des Rates : Mythos und Geschichte der Maya (Diederichs gelbe Reihe)

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Catlog: Book (1984)
Publisher: E. Diederichs
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16. The Book of Counsel: The Popol Vuh of the Quiche Maya of Guatemala (Publication Ser. : No.35)
by Munro S. Edmonson
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Catlog: Book (1977-06-01)
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17. The Dawn of Civilization and the Giving of Fire According to the Popol Vuh
by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie
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18. Quiche Worlds in Creation
by Jack J. Himelblau
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Catlog: Book (1989-06-01)
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19. The Maya's Own Words: An Anthology Comprising Abridgements of the Popol-Vuh, Warrier of Rabinal, and Selections from the Memorial of Solola the Book
by Thomas Ballantne Irving
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Catlog: Book (1986-04-01)
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20. Popol Vuh the Jaguar Priests
by Charles R. Barnett
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Catlog: Book (1992-12-01)
Publisher: Exceptional Books Ltd
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Superb Intro to the Popol Vuh
I was looking for a preview or introduction to the Popol Vuh. I had heard of the Popol Vuh but I never took the time to study it. When I came across the Jaguar Priests, I was delighted with it. This book has made an impression on me: life is a generational process that extends before and beyond us, which leads us to work and focus on the present. I have read this book several times to myself and to others. I have read it to children and teen-agers. This book is a must to open the minds of the present Maya. A wonderful reference book for your library. ... Read more


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