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

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by Mary Ellen Miller, Karl Taube
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0500279284

ISBN-13: 9780500279281

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

The myths and beliefs of the great pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica have baffled and fascinated outsiders ever since the Spanish Conquest. Yet, until now, no single-volume introduction has existed to act as a guide to this labyrinthine symbolic world.The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya is the first-ever English-language dictionary of

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The myths and beliefs of the great pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica have baffled and fascinated outsiders ever since the Spanish Conquest. Yet, until now, no single-volume introduction has existed to act as a guide to this labyrinthine symbolic world.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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500279281
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
Paperback Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
502,576
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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An Illustrated Dictionary of The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This book is aimed more twards the Aztec then the Maya. They take a second seat. If your more into Mayan writing and symbols theres better books out there. Its still an interesting book to flip threw, buy a used one thats low priced. They need to take the Maya off the end of the title if they reprint it to be fair. Better books out there but its something to add to the Yucatan personal library. If you have read alot of the good books out there, your likely to be a little disappointed reading this one.