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Journey to Xibalba
summary
Patterson draws from ancient Mayan mythology, weaving the tale of Hunahpu and Xbalanque, the Hero Twins, and their voyage to Xibabla, the underworld, into his own story in order to provide an analogy of the journey through life and the daily challenges and pitfalls one must overcome. Each of the book's eight chapters are named after the houses of testing in Xibalba and reflect the people, environments, financing, and politics of the different archaeological projects Patterson worked on throughout his career. The resulting story is part Indiana Jones and part analysis of the problems facing modern Mesoamerica between globalization and national patrimony.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Opening Letter to Jessica
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Prologue: The Messenger from Xibalba
  2. pp. 5-10
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  1. 1: The House of Gloom: San Miguel de Allende Project
  2. pp. 11-25
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  1. Letter continued
  2. pp. 26-32
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  1. 2: The House of Portals: FLAAR Project
  2. pp. 33-75
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  1. Letter continued
  2. p. 76
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  1. 3: The House of Jaguars: Yaxchilan Project
  2. pp. 77-136
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  1. Letter continued
  2. pp. 137-142
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  1. 4: The House of Cold: Templo Mayor Project
  2. pp. 143-166
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  1. 5: The House of Bats: Monte Alban Project
  2. pp. 167-202
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  1. Letter continued
  2. pp. 203-204
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  1. 6: The House of Snakes: Chichén Itzá Project
  2. pp. 205-241
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  1. Letter continued
  2. p. 242
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  1. 7: The House of Dogs: Pilot Project
  2. pp. 243-252
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  1. Letter continued
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. 8: The House of Knives: Cañada de la Virgen Project
  2. pp. 255-286
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  1. Epilogue: The Nine Lords of the Night
  2. pp. 287-296
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  1. Final Letter to Jessica
  2. pp. 297-298
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 299-309
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  1. Back Cover
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