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An illustrated dictionary of the gods and symbols of ancient Mexico and the Maya

Author: Mary Ellen Miller; Karl A Taube
Publisher: New York : Thames and Hudson, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"The myths and beliefs of the great Precolumbian civilizations of Mesoamerica have baffled and fascinated outsiders ever since the Spanish Conquest. Yet, until now, no single-volume introduction has existed to act as a guide to this labyrinthine symbolic world. In 'The gods and symbols of ancient Mexico and the Maya nearly 300 entries...describe the main gods and symboles of the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Maya,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Ellen Miller; Karl A Taube
ISBN: 0500279284 9780500279281
OCLC Number: 37008792
Notes: Originally published: The gods and symbols of ancient Mexico and the Maya. London : Thames & Hudson, ©1993.
Description: 216 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Gods and symbols of ancient Mexico and the Maya
Responsibility: Mary Miller and Karl Taube.

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"The myths and beliefs of the great Precolumbian civilizations of Mesoamerica have baffled and fascinated outsiders ever since the Spanish Conquest. Yet, until now, no single-volume introduction has existed to act as a guide to this labyrinthine symbolic world. In 'The gods and symbols of ancient Mexico and the Maya nearly 300 entries...describe the main gods and symboles of the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Maya, Teotihuacanos, Mixtecs, Toltecs and Aztecs. Topics range from jaguar and jester gods to reptile eye and rubber, from creation accounts of Mesoamerican history and relition, while a substantial bibliographical survey directs the reader to original sources and recent discussions. Dictionary entries are illustrated with photogrpahs and commissioned line drawings...."

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