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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Timothy W Knowlton
|Description:||xiv, 231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Aspects of ancient Maya intellectual culture --
Clandestine compilations and the colonial dialogue --
Creation and apocalypse : the Katun 11 Ahau myth --
Theogony, cosmology, and language in the ritual of the angels --
The creation of the first people and the origin of suffering --
The calendar and the catechism --
"In whatever way it is chronicled."
|Series Title:||Mesoamerican worlds.|
|Responsibility:||Timothy W. Knowlton.|
Maya Creation myths provides not only new and outstanding translations of these myths but also an interpretive journey through these often misunderstood texts, providing insight into Maya cosmology and how Maya intellectuals met the challenge of the European clergy's attempts to eradicate their worldviews. Unlike many scholars who primarily focus on traces of pre-Hispanic culture or Christian influence within the Books of Chilam Balam, Knowlton emphasizes the diversity of Maya mythic traditions and the uniquely Maya discursive strategies that emerged in the Colonial period.
This book will be of significant interest to Maya scholars, folklorists, and historians, as well as students and scholars of religion, cosmology, and anthropology. --Book Jacket.