Art and Myth of the Ancient Maya

Author: Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300224672

Category: Art

Page: 304

View: 1665

This nuanced account explores Maya mythology through the lens of art, text, and culture. It offers an important reexamination of the mid-16th-century Popol Vuh, long considered an authoritative text, which is better understood as one among many crucial sources for the interpretation of ancient Maya art and myth. Using materials gathered across Mesoamerica, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos bridges the gap between written texts and artistic representations, identifying key mythical subjects and uncovering their variations in narratives and visual depictions. Central characters—including a secluded young goddess, a malevolent grandmother, a dead father, and the young gods who became the sun and the moon—are identified in pottery, sculpture, mural painting, and hieroglyphic inscriptions. Highlighting such previously overlooked topics as sexuality and generational struggles, this beautifully illustrated book paves the way for a new understanding of Maya myths and their lavish expression in ancient art.

Exploring the Life, Myth, and Art of the Maya

Author: Timothy Laughton

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1448848326

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

View: 6851

Presents an introduction to Mayan civilization, discussing its history, politics, art, religion, literature, philosophy, military, gods, and heroes.

The Fall of the Ancient Maya

Solving the Mystery of the Maya Collapse

Author: David L. Webster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500051139

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 4945

An account of the mysterious fall of the ancient Maya civilization evaluates current theories and myths, citing sixteenth-century evidence of a residual population and offering a portrait of its Late Classic society beset by overly ambitious nobles, wars, and an exploding population that could not be sustained by its scanty agriculture.


Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya

Author: Mark Van Stone

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780982682616

Category: Art

Page: 174

View: 7231

"2012 - Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya," is a full-color, 172-page book inspired by Maya inscriptions, astronomical knowledge, math, and myth. Responding to the upsurge in interest in "the Maya prophecies," Prof. Mark Van Stone has spent the last several years researching What the Ancient Maya Actually Said about 2012. The result is based entirely on science, archaeology, decipherment, and Precolumbian art. (No channeling of ancient priests! No Planet X!) To make this arcane material as accessible as possible, he examines aspects of the phenomenon in 38 short, digestible essays, which one can read in any order. It is eminently browsable. It is also dense with information: Dr. Van Stone does not "dumb down" information to reach some imaginary least common denominator. It is also visually appealing; the only art book on the subject. ...A Biographical blurb: Professor Mark Van Stone has spent his entire life studying the art and history of written forms. He started 40 years ago with Celtic manuscripts such as the 7th/8th- century Books of Kells and Lindisfarne. Progressing to Roman and Greek inscriptions, and to Egyptian hieroglyphs, he later lived in Japan, studying netsuke carving and calligraphy. Finally receiving his Ph.D. in Maya Hieroglyphs in 2005, Dr. Van Stone combines a rare general understanding of all ancient scripts with an even rarer ability to *write* them, not just read them. Long before receiving the doctorate in Maya Hieroglyphs, Mark earned his Bachelor's Degree in Physics and worked for a few years at the Gamma-Ray Astronomy laboratory at the University of New Hampshire's Space Science Center (1973-77). His background uniquely qualifies him to discuss both Maya astronomy and their hieroglyphs. He presently holds the post of Professor of Art History at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California. Mark is also co-author (with Dr. Michael Coe) of *Reading the Maya Glyphs*, the finest introductory book on the subject.

Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Maya

Author: Leonard Everett Fisher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780823414277

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 33

View: 9007

Offers a detailed look at the twelve most important Mayan gods and their powers, complete with bold illustration, map, biography, pronunciation guide and more.

Life in Ancient Mesoamerica

Author: Lynn Peppas

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780778720393

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 4597

Introduces the people, land, culture, religions, and legacy of ancient Mesoamerica, which is now known as the countries of southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

Maya Civilization

A Complete Overview Of The Maya History & Maya Mythology

Author: Eric Brown

Publisher: Mark Williams via PublishDrive


Category: History

Page: 70

View: 2630

Discover The Maya History & How They Lived! This book's coverage begins with the development of the Maya through the ancient eras, starting with their founding in Belize as a hunter-gatherer society in the Pre-Classic Period all the way through the Classic and Post-Classic Period during which they had flourished into the civilization they are known for today. The Maya was composed of several city-states that spanned the area, all with soaring stone architecture structured for its citizens and a network of roads and passages to make trading and travel easier for commerce. Understanding the mystical nature of the Maya religion and their belief in the balance of the universe are keys to understanding how the Maya lived and worshipped. They believed in balance between all individuals and worked hard to always praise the gods who created them with their own godly blood. They believed the gods destroyed previous civilizations before them because those peoples refused to worship, and the Maya made certain they would not share that same fate. This is clear in their cities, where the temple is the center of most of the plaza city-states. Maya architecture is left standing to this day, even after centuries of weathering and excavation from archaeologists. Their limestone structures were created carefully and mapped out using their mathematical skills, and they even used cement to hold stones together while also planning out the expansion of their temples to hold tombs. Inside this book, you will find the following: - The history of the Maya people and where their civilization began and expanded from - How the name “Maya” came to be used for these peopleThe growth of the Maya as they became a booming society during the Classic Period - When colonists began to interact with the Maya civilizations in Central America - Results of the Spanish Conquest of Mesoamerica and what it meant for the Maya - Why archaeologists believe the Maya empire fell - Details on the Maya religious tradition of human sacrifice and what that entailed - Other ways Maya sacrificed members of their society to the gods in religious gestures - Insights on the Maya gods and what they stood for to the Maya people - Maya creation myths and how they believe previous civilizations of people were created and destroyed - How the traditional game of Poc-a-Toc was played and how it was more of a religious ritual than just a ballgame - The astonishing accuracy of the Maya calendar as they charted the sun, planets, and the moon using only their naked eye - The Caste War of Yucatán and how the Maya worked to get back their lands and rights during the Spanish colonization - How Spanish colonization has influenced ancient Maya religions - How the Maya number system worked and how to read their numbers - The types of architectural structures found in their city-states and what each could be used forTypes of arts the Maya excelled in such as embroidery, textile, painting, and carving - What traditional Maya folk medicine entailed and the types of treatments for the sick - Facts on traditional Maya cultural aspects and way of life such as the meals they ate, the clothes they wore, and their social classes - Where the descendants of the Maya reside today and how they fight to preserve their heritageAnd more! Don’t wait another moment to enjoy from this information – Get your copy of Maya Civilization right away!

2000 Years of Mayan Literature

Author: Dennis Tedlock

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520271378

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 4897

"Never before has anyone focused so successfully on the literary genius of these ancient authors. Tedlock is so much more than a translator, placing selected Mayan works in a continuous narrative that skillfully links authors from the third century to the sixteenth century with writers of today. An extremely important, original, and innovative work."—Martha J. Macri, coauthor of The New Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs, Volumes 1 and 2, and Director of the Maya Hieroglyphic Database Project, University of California, Davis "A stunning recreation of the intellectual world of the ancient Maya, the only fully literate people of pre-Columbian America. Informed by the latest research on Maya hieroglyphic writing, art, and mythology, this beautifully illustrated and wonderfully readable work by an outstanding scholar should be on the bookshelf of all those interested in this fascinating civilization."—Michael Coe, author of Breaking the Maya Code "This book is, like the ancient Maya texts and images it explores, a work of art."—David Freidel, co-author (with Linda Schele and Joy Parker) of Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman’s Path "Literally breathtaking. A truly unprecedented gathering and translation of written Mayan texts. Tedlock is making visible, for the first time, a Mayan literature in comprehensible, meaningful form.”"—Jerome Rothenberg, poet, author/editor of Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium

Exploring Maya Ritual Caves

Dark Secrets from the Maya Underworld

Author: Stanislav Chládek

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 0759119872

Category: History

Page: 228

View: 4989

Exploring Maya Ritual Caves offers a rare survey and explication of most of the known ancient Maya ritual caves in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. The caves were the Maya underworld, where rituals, including animal and human sacrifice, were carried out. The Maya cave cult and mythology, construction and modification of the caves, and cult art and artifacts are discussed. Chládek, an intrepid explorer, then describes important caves that he has recently visited and provides photos of their wonders.

The Maya

Life, Myth, and Art

Author: Timothy Laughton

Publisher: Stewart Tabori & Chang


Category: History

Page: 144

View: 1805

Explores the Maya culture and its legacy through a comprehensive presentation of their art, architecture, religious beliefs, history, and cultural traditions, enhanced by hundreds of full-color illustrations.

Ancient civilizations

the illustrated guide to belief, mythology, and art

Author: Greg Woolf

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781435101210

Category: History

Page: 688

View: 5456

From the dazzling temples of the Acropolis to the strange and enigmatic glyphs of the Maya, Ancient Civilizations takes readers on a fascinating journey back in time. This richly illustrated book explores the beliefs, rituals, arts and myths of ancient cultures across the world, beginning with the first civilizations of the Fertile Crescent and progressing to the early Middle Ages. Informative, accessible text and gorgeous, detailed photographs of art work and sacred sites give readers real insight into our ancient ancestors' daily lives. Special emphasis is given to symbols, sacred texts, religious ceremonies, gods and goddesses, visions of the cosmos, and sacred sites. If you've ever felt drawn to the magic, legends, and mysteries of the past, this is the perfect book for both reading pleasure and reference.

Reading Maya Art

A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Maya Painting and Sculpture

Author: Andrea Joyce Stone,Marc Zender

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500051689

Category: Art

Page: 248

View: 9194

Presented here for the first time is a compendium of one hundred hieroglyphs that are also building blocks of ancient Maya painting and sculpture. Organized thematically, the symbols touch on many facets of the Maya world, from the natural environment animals, plants, the heavens to the metaphysical landscape of gods, myths and rituals. Using over five hundred line drawings and photographs, Andrea Stone and Marc Zender show how to identify these signs, understand their meaning, and appreciate the novel ways they appear in art. In addition to providing a clear and accessible introduction to Maya art, linguistics and writing, the authors also offer many new and exciting interpretations. Lavishly illustrated, fully cross-referenced and indexed, this remarkable and innovative guide will prove an invaluable tool for those wishing to see Maya art, perhaps for the first time, through the eyes of ancient scribes and artists.

Star gods of the Maya

astronomy in art, folklore, and calendars

Author: Susan Milbrath

Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr


Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 348

View: 4774

Observations of the sun, moon, planets, and stars played a central role in ancient Maya lifeways, as they do today among contemporary Maya who maintain the traditional ways. This pathfinding book reconstructs ancient Maya astronomy and cosmology through the astronomical information encoded in Precolumbian Maya art and confirmed by the current practices of living Maya peoples. Susan Milbrath opens the book with a discussion of modern Maya beliefs about astronomy, along with essential information on naked-eye observation. She devotes subsequent chapters to Precolumbian astronomical imagery, which she traces back through time, starting from the Colonial and Postclassic eras. She delves into many aspects of the Maya astronomical images, including the major astronomical gods and their associated glyphs, astronomical almanacs in the Maya codices [painted books], and changes in the imagery of the heavens over time. This investigation yields new data and a new synthesis of information about the specific astronomical events and cycles recorded in Maya art and architecture. Indeed, it constitutes the first major study of the relationship between art and astronomy in ancient Maya culture.

The Code of Kings

The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs

Author: Linda Schele,Peter Mathews,Macduff Everton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684852098

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 2139

This highly informative tour of a lost civilization discusses Mayan history and culture and focuses on seven sites that exemplify the Mayan tradition of using public places to record their history and belief system. Maps, drawings & photos.

Ancient Maya (eBook)

Author: Lisa Marty

Publisher: Lorenz Educational Press

ISBN: 0787783234

Category: History

Page: 32

View: 6103

Welcome to the fascinating world of the ancient Maya—the most advanced society of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the only New World culture to produce a complete system of writing. Maya flourished for over 2,000 years, building elaborate cities at a time when Europe was in decline. The activities in this book provide insight into the history, religion, culture, art, and life of the ancient Maya. The eight full-color transparencies at the back of the book (print books) or the included PowerPoint slides (eBooks) can be used alone or with specific activities listed in the table of contents.

Sacred Mysteries Among the Mayas and the Quiches

Author: Augustus Le Plongeon

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1602062439

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 184

View: 9427

Despite its proximity, Central America is as distant to some North Americans as Asia, and its people and traditions just as exotic. Basing his study on archaeological evidence including buildings, art, and artifacts, Augustus le Plongeon, in 1866, provided a comprehensive account of ancient Mayan civilization, the foundation for modern Central American culture. Delivered with poetry and logic, le Plongeon's comparison of the mythology and spiritual belief systems of this 11,000-year-old society and those of others (from the ancient Egyptians to Christians) illustrates just how human many sacred mysteries are, and just how closely bonded people and communities are-no matter how far apart. British archaeologist and photographer AUGUSTUS LE PLONGEON (1825-1908) attended school in Paris, was shipwrecked off the coast of Chile, and ran his own photography studio in San Francisco before settling in the Yucatan. He wrote many scholarly manuscripts, notes, and letters and kept numerous photographs documenting his decades living in Central America.

The Complete Illustrated History of the Aztec & Maya

The Definitive Chronicle of the Ancient Peoples of Central America and Mexico Including the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Mixtec, Toltec and Zapotec

Author: Charles Phillips

Publisher: Southwater Pub

ISBN: 9781846810732

Category: History

Page: 512

View: 7265

This reference book covers almost 3000 years, offering insights into the art and architecture, myths and legends, and everyday life of Mesoamerica.