An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya

An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya

Paperback - 2004
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The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya is the first-ever English-language dictionary of Mesoamerican mythology and religion. Nearly 300 entries, from accession to yoke, describe the main gods and symbols 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 and sacred places to ritual practices such as bloodletting, confession, dance, and pilgrimage. In addition, two introductory essays provide succinct accounts of Mesoamerican history and religion, while a substantial bibliographical survey directs the reader to original sources and recent discussions. Dictionary entries are illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned line drawings. Mary Miller and Karl Taube draw on their research in the fast-changing field of Maya studies, and on the latest Mexican discoveries, to produce an authoritative work that will serve as a standard reference for students, scholars, and travelers.
Publisher: New York : Thames and Hudson, [2004], 1997.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780500279281
Branch Call Number: 299.792
F1435.3.R3 M55 1997
Characteristics: 216 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Taube, Karl A.


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Jun 18, 2018

For most of us, this book will satisfy our curiosity about pre-Columbian Mexican-Central American cultures. A 26-page introduction takes us through the several successive periods and cultures, which is followed by an extensive dictionary. A comprehensive chart and overall map are especially useful. The first orients by time and place. The second includes all the cultures, some Mayan and others not, across this large geographic area. Very well done, erudite and still readable.


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