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"The Chilam Balam books of Yucatan rank with the Popol Vuh as major works of Maya literature, and the most important book about them is this one. Timothy Knowlton's interpretation is the most insightful, sophisticated, and nuanced that has ever been written."—Dennis Tedlock, State University of New York at Buffalo There is no Classical Yucatecan Maya word for "myth." But around the close of the seventeenth century, an anonymous Maya scribe penned what he called u kahlay cab tu kinil, "the world history of the era," before Christianity came to the Peten. He collected numerous accounts of the cyclical destruction and reestablishment of the cosmos; the origins of gods, human beings, and the rituals and activities upon which their relationship depends; and finally the dawn of the sun and the sacred calendar Maya diviners still use today to make sense of humanity's place in the otherwise inscrutable march of time. These creation myths eventually became part of the documents known today as the Books of Chilam Balam. 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 focus primarily 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Figures & Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2: Aspects of Ancient Maya Intellectual Culture
  2. pp. 13-32
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  1. 3: Clandestine Compilations and the Colonial Dialogue
  2. pp. 33-52
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  1. 4: Creation and Apocalypse: The Katun 11 Ahau Myth
  2. pp. 53-84
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  1. 5: Theogony, Cosmology, and Language in the Ritual of the Angels
  2. pp. 85-120
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  1. 6: The Creation of the First People and the Origin of Suffering
  2. pp. 121-152
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  1. 7: The Calendar and the Catechism
  2. pp. 153-178
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  1. 8: “In Whatever Way It Is Chronicled”
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. Appendix: Cross-Reference of Material in the Katun 11 Ahau Creation Myth Shared by Two or More Redactions
  2. pp. 185-200
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  1. References
  2. pp. 201-222
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 223-231
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607320210
Print ISBN
9781607320203
MARC Record
OCLC
692327524
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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