Popol Vuh: The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life by Dennis Tedlock

Popol Vuh, the Quiche Mayan book of creation is not only the most important text in the native language 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 Quiche Kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands. Originally written in Mayan hieroglyphs, it was translated into the Roman alphabet in the 16th century. The new edition of Dennis Tedlock's unabridged, widely praised translation includes new notes and commentary, newly translated passages, newly deciphered hieroglyphs, and over 40 new illustrations.

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This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 79th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  2. - The Graphic Canon (Book)