Time and Reality in the Thought of the Maya

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In this second English-language edition of one of his most notable works, Miguel Le?n-Portilla explores the Maya Indians? remarkable concepts of time. At the book?s first appearance Evon Z. Vogt, Curator of Middle American Ethnology in Harvard University, predicted that it would become "a classic in anthropology," a prediction borne out by the continuing critical attention given to it by leading scholars.

Like no other people in history, the ancient Maya were obsessed by the ...

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Norman 1990 Softcover 2nd Ed.. Volume 190 in Civilization of the U.S. Indian Series. 254 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. MAYAN CIVILIZATION. In this second English-language ... edition of one of his most notable works, Miguel Le?n-Portilla explores the Maya Indians' remarkable concepts of time. At the book's first appearance Evon Z. Vogt, Curator of Middle American Ethnology in Harvard University, predicted that it would become "a classic in anthropology, " a prediction borne out by the continuing critical attention given to it by leading scholars. Like no other people in history, the ancient Maya were obsessed by the study of time. Their sages framed its cycles with tireless exactitude. Yet their preoccupation with time was not limited to calendrics; it was a central trait in their evolving culture. In this absorbing work Le?n-Portilla probes the question, What did time really mean for the ancient Maya in terms of their mythology, religious thought, worldview, and everyday life? In his analysis of key Maya Read more Show Less

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In this second English-language edition of one of his most notable works, Miguel León-Portilla explores the Maya Indians’ remarkable concepts of time. At the book’s first appearance Evon Z. Vogt, Curator of Middle American Ethnology in Harvard University, predicted that it would become "a classic in anthropology," a prediction borne out by the continuing critical attention given to it by leading scholars.

Like no other people in history, the ancient Maya were obsessed by the study of time. Their sages framed its cycles with tireless exactitude. Yet their preoccupation with time was not limited to calendrics; it was a central trait in their evolving culture.

In this absorbing work León-Portilla probes the question, What did time really mean for the ancient Maya in terms of their mythology, religious thought, worldview, and everyday life? In his analysis of key Maya texts and computations, he reveals one of the most elaborate attempts of the human mind to penetrate the secrets of existence.

The ancient Maya were obsessed by the study of time and was central in their evolving culture. Their sages framed its cycles with tireless exactitude.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780806123080
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Series: Civilization of the American Indian Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Director of the Inter-American Indian Institute in Mexico City, Miguel Leon-Portilla is a significant young Mexican scholar. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees (summa cum laude) form Loyola University at Los Angeles and the Ph.D. from the National University of Mexico. La Filosofía Náhuatl, the Spanish version of this book, received high praise from both Mexican and American scholars..

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