Aztec and Maya Myths (The Legendary Past) by Karl Taube

By Karl Taube

The myths of the Aztec and Maya derive from a shared Mesoamerican cultural culture. this is often greatly a residing culture and plenty of of the motifs and gods pointed out in early assets are nonetheless evoked within the lore of up to date Mexico and vital the USA. Professor Taube discusses different assets for Aztec and Maya myths. The Aztec empire begun under two hundred years sooner than the Spanish conquests and information in their mythology derives basically from local colonial files and manuscripts commissioned by means of the Spanish. The Maya mythology is much older and facts survives from local writing and artwork of the vintage interval, over six hundred years prior to the Spanish conquest. Drawing upon those resources, in addition to nineteenth- and 20th-century excavations and learn, together with the translation of the codices and decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing, the writer discusses, among others, the "Popol Vuh" myths of the Maya, the flood fable of northern Yucatan and the Aztec production myths.

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They also said of these Bacabs that they escaped when the world was destroyed by the deluge. These Bacab sky-bearers are probably forms of the ancient Maya god known as Pauahtun. Four-fold in nature, this aged being is frequently represented as a world-bearer in ancient Maya art and may personify sky-supporting mountains at the corners of the Maya world. The accounts of the flood in the colonial Chilam Balam books can be understood as a creation event, as they lead directly to the origin of the present world.

Roys (Norman, 1967) is highly recommended. M. , 1982) has supplied a complete translation Picture credits , Frontcover: photo Justin Kerr;p. 536; p. 12: BodleianLibrary,Oxford, MS. Arch. Selden. A. I, f. 2r;pp. 14,15 AkademischeDruck-und Verlagsanstalt, Graz; p. 399; p. 19:Akademische Druck-und Verlagsanstalt; p. 21: Sahaglin, Historia general de las cosas de Nueva Espaiia, 1905-9; p. zb: Le6n y Gama, Descripci6n histbrica y cronol6gica de las dos piedras que se hallaron en la Plaza Principal de Mkxico, 1832; p.

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