Time among the Maya: Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico

Time among the Maya: Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico

by Ronald Wright

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Time among the Maya: Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico by Ronald Wright


The Maya created one of the world's most brilliant civilizations, famous for its art, astronomy, and deep fascination with the mystery of time. Despite collapse in the ninth century, Spanish invasion in the sixteenth, and civil war in the twentieth, eight million people in Guatemala, Belize, and southern Mexico speak Mayan languages and maintain their resilient culture to this day. Traveling through Central America's jungles and mountains, Ronald Wright explores the ancient roots of the Maya, their recent troubles, and prospects for survival. Embracing history, anthropology, politics, and literature, Time Among the Maya is a riveting journey through past magnificence and the study of an enduring civilization with much to teach the present. "Wright's unpretentious narrative blends anthropology, archaeology, history, and politics with his own entertaining excursions and encounters." -- The New Yorker; "Time Among the Maya shows Wright to be far more than a mere storyteller or descriptive writer. He is an historical philosopher with a profound understanding of other cultures." -- Jan Morris, The Independent (London).

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ISBN-13: 9780802137289
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 330,736
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.22(h) x 1.20(d)

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