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The Maya World

The Maya World Book
Author : Matthew Restall
Publisher : Stanford University Press
Release : 1999-02-01
ISBN : 0804765006
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This pathbreaking work is a social and cultural history of the Maya peoples of the province of Yucatan in colonial Mexico, spanning the period from shortly after the Spanish conquest of the region to its incorporation as part of an independent Mexico. Instead of depending on the Spanish sources and perspectives that have formed the basis of previous scholarship on colonial Yucatan, the author aims to give a voice to the Maya themselves, basing his analysis entirely on his translations of hundreds of Yucatec Maya notarial documents—from libraries and archives in Mexico, Spain, and the United States—most of which have never before received scholarly attention. These documents allow the author to reconstruct the social and cultural world of the Maya municipality, or cah, the self-governing community where most Mayas lived and which was the focus of Maya social and political identity. The first two parts of the book examine the ways in which Mayas were organized and differentiated from each other within the community, and the discussion covers such topics as individual and group identities, sociopolitical organization, political factionalism, career patterns, class structures, household and family patterns, inheritance, gender roles, sexuality, and religion. The third part explores the material environment of the cah, emphasizing the role played by the use and exchange of land, while the fourth part describes in detail the nature and significance of the source documentation, its genres and its language. Throughout the book, the author pays attention to the comparative contexts of changes over time and the similarities or differences between Maya patterns and those of other colonial-era Mesoamericans, notably the Nahuas of central Mexico.

Time Among the Maya

Time Among the Maya Book
Author : Ronald Wright
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2015-08-25
ISBN : 014319819X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Maya of Central America have been called the Greeks of the New World. In the first millennium ad, they created the most intellectually and artistically advanced civilization of the Americas. Throughout the ensuing centuries, as neighbouring empires fell in warfare and to the Spanish invasion, the Maya endured, shaken but never destroyed. In Time Among the Maya, Ronald Wright's journey takes him not only to the lands of the ancient Maya, but also among the five million people who speak Mayan languages and preserve a Mayan identity today. His travels begin in tiny Belize, exploring the jungles and mountains of Guatemala, bloodstained by civil war, and end in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Embracing history, politics, anthropology, and literature, this book is both a fascinating travel memoir and the study of a civilization.

The Maya A Very Short Introduction

The Maya  A Very Short Introduction Book
Author : Matthew Restall,Amara Solari
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2020-09-21
ISBN : 0190645040
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Maya forged one of the greatest societies in the history of the ancient Americas and in all of human history. Long before contact with Europeans, Maya communities built spectacular cities with large, well-fed large populations. They mastered the visual arts, and developed a sophisticated writing system that recorded extraordinary knowledge in calendrics, mathematics, and astronomy. The Maya achieved all this without area-wide centralized control. There was never a single, unified Maya state or empire, but always numerous, evolving ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct Mayan languages. The people we call "Maya" never thought of themselves as such; yet something definable, unique, and endlessly fascinating - what we call Maya culture - has clearly existed for millennia. So what was their self-identity and how did Maya civilization come to be "invented?" With the Maya historically subdivided and misunderstood in so many ways, the pursuit of what made them "the Maya" is all the more important. In this Very Short Introduction, Restall and Solari explore the themes of Maya identity, city-state political culture, art and architecture, the Maya concept of the cosmos, and the Maya experience of contact with including invasion by outsiders. Despite its brevity, this book is unique for its treatment of all periods of Maya civilization, from its origins to the present.

Popol Vuh

Popol Vuh Book
Author : Victor Montejo,Luis Garay,David Unger
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2009-02-23
ISBN : 9780888999214
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Retells the stories from the mythology of the K'iche' Indians which were written down and preserved after the Spanish conquest of Guatemala. Reprint.

The Maya Forest Garden

The Maya Forest Garden Book
Author : Anabel Ford,Ronald Nigh
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2016-07-01
ISBN : 1315417928
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The conventional wisdom says that the devolution of Classic Maya civilization occurred because its population grew too large and dense to be supported by primitive neotropical farming methods, resulting in debilitating famines and internecine struggles. Using research on contemporary Maya farming techniques and important new archaeological research, Ford and Nigh refute this Malthusian explanation of events in ancient Central America and posit a radical alternative theory. The authors-show that ancient Maya farmers developed ingenious, sustainable woodland techniques to cultivate numerous food plants (including the staple maize);-examine both contemporary tropical farming techniques and the archaeological record (particularly regarding climate) to reach their conclusions;-make the argument that these ancient techniques, still in use today, can support significant populations over long periods of time.

The History of the Maya

The History of the Maya Book
Author : Mary Ann Hoffman
Publisher : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Release : 2010-01-01
ISBN : 9781404251489
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Presents an introduction to the concept of using computational skills in problem solving, and contains an overview of the history of the Mayan people of Mexico, including information on their society, economy, architecture, mathematics, and writing.

Empires of the Maya

Empires of the Maya Book
Author : Jill Rubalcaba,Angela Keller
Publisher : Infobase Publishing
Release : 2009
ISBN : 1438129521
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Long before European boats reached the shores of the Americas, sophisticated civilizations had already developed throughout the continents. The empire of the Maya, located in modern Mexico and Central America, influenced civilization there for centuries. The ancient Maya had fully developed the idea of the calendar, detailed a writing system, pioneered new ideas in agriculture, and built towering palaces and temples that still stand today. Empire of the Ancient Maya gives a brief summary of the history of the empire, placing it within the context of its time period and geographical location, and then explores the evolution of Maya civilization from its origin through the classic period to the Spanish conquest. Delving into daily life, the book includes Maya achievements in mathematics, astronomy, technology, political organization, commerce, architecture, and the arts.

Reading the Maya Glyphs Second Edition

Reading the Maya Glyphs  Second Edition  Book
Author : Michael D. Coe,Mark Van Stone
Publisher : Thames & Hudson
Release : 2005-06-17
ISBN : 0500773335
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The breaking of the Maya code has completely changed our knowledge of this ancient civilization, and has revealed the Maya people's long and vivid history. Decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing has progressed to the point where most Maya written texts—whether inscribed on monuments, written in the codices, or painted or incised on ceramics—can now be read with confidence. In this practical guide, first published in 2001, Michael D. Coe, the noted Mayanist, and Mark Van Stone, an accomplished calligrapher, have made the difficult, often mysterious script accessible to the nonspecialist. They decipher real Maya texts, and the transcriptions include a picture of the glyph, the pronunciation, the Maya words in Roman type, and the translation into English. For the second edition, the authors have taken the latest research and breakthroughs into account, adding glyphs, updating captions, and reinterpreting or expanding upon earlier decipherments. After an introductory discussion of Maya culture and history and the nature of the Maya script, the authors introduce the glyphs in a series of chapters that elaborate on topics such as the intricate calendar, warfare, royal lives and rituals, politics, dynastic names, ceramics, relationships, and the supernatural world. The book includes illustrations of historic texts, a syllabary, a lexicon, and translation exercises.

The Proceedings of the Maya Hieroglyphic Workshop

The Proceedings of the Maya Hieroglyphic Workshop Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2001
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Maya

The Maya Book
Author : Megan E. O’Neil
Publisher : Reaktion Books
Release : 2022-07-06
ISBN : 1789145511
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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An illuminating look at the myriad communities who have engaged with the ancient Maya over the centuries. This book reveals how the ancient Maya—and their buildings, ideas, objects, and identities—have been perceived, portrayed, and exploited over five hundred years in the Americas, Europe, and beyond. Engaging in interdisciplinary analysis, the book summarizes ancient Maya art and history from the preclassical period to the Spanish invasion, as well as the history of outside engagement with the ancient Maya, from Spanish invaders in the sixteenth century to later explorers and archaeologists, taking in scientific literature, visual arts, architecture, world’s fairs, and Indigenous activism. It also looks at the decipherment of Maya inscriptions, Maya museum exhibitions and artists’ responses, and contemporary Maya people’s engagements with their ancestral past. Featuring the latest research, this book will interest scholars as well as general readers who wish to know more about this ancient, fascinating culture.

The Maya

The Maya Book
Author : Louise Spilsbury
Publisher : Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
Release : 2018-07-15
ISBN : 1538225565
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Nestled in the rainforest, the Maya were an incredibly advanced civilization for their time. They created amazing inventions to help them thrive in such an intense environment. This book introduces their amazing culture, teaching readers about topics such as Maya beliefs, their daily life, and even the interesting games they played. Then, readers get the chance to examine artifacts left behind from the civilization and draw their own conclusions based on what they've learned so far. Readers are immersed in Maya culture, as they get to examine this prosperous civilization that existed so long ago.

The Maya Prophecy

The Maya Prophecy Book
Author : P. A. Faber
Publisher : iUniverse
Release : 2012-03-28
ISBN : 1469792117
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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According to Mayan prophecy, the world will end December 21, 2012. It is a mystery how the Mayans came to this conclusion; it is also a mystery how to stop certain doom. But in all their wisdom, is there a possibility that the Mayans knew how to postpone the end of the world? If so, could there be an ancient text that reveals the answer archaeologists seek? Anthropologist Kate OHara thinks so. She and a team of fellow academics stumble upon a mysterious Mayan codex while investigating in the Yucatan Peninsula. Before the codex can be authenticated, however, it disappears, and the team begins to receive death threats from a menacing secret society. Luckily, Kate already made a copy of the manuscript, and so begins the lengthy process of translation, despite the terrible danger to their lives. The codex reveals the story of Ahkan, a Maya shaman, and her cousin and soul mate, Took Pac, a priest of the Maya Temple of Kulkulkan. Took Pac discovered a secret text written by the Mayan king and prophet, Chan Bahlam II. Kate believes the answer to the worlds crisis may be found in the words of Chan Bahlam. Now she must try to translate the manuscript in timeand live long enough to share the good news with others.

The Maya Tropical Forest

The Maya Tropical Forest Book
Author : James D. Nations
Publisher : University of Texas Press
Release : 2006-07-01
ISBN : 0292713185
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Maya Tropical Forest, which occupies the lowlands of southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, is the closest rainforest to the United States and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Western Hemisphere. It has been home to the Maya peoples for nearly four millennia, starting around 1800 BC. Ancient cities in the rainforest such as Palenque, Yaxchilan, Tikal, and Caracol draw thousands of tourists and scholars seeking to learn more about the prehistoric Maya. Their contemporary descendants, the modern Maya, utilize the forest's natural resources in village life and international trade, while striving to protect their homeland from deforestation and environmental degradation. Writing for both visitors and conservationists, James Nations tells the fascinating story of how ancient and modern Maya peoples have used and guarded the rich natural resources of the Maya Tropical Forest. He opens with a natural history that profiles the forest's significant animals and plants. Nations then describes the Maya peoples, biological preserves, and major archaeological sites in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. Drawing on more than twenty-five years of conservation work in the Maya Tropical Forest, Nations tells first-hand stories of the creation of national parks and other protected areas to safeguard the region's natural resources and archaeological heritage. He concludes with an expert assessment of the forest's future in which he calls for expanded archaeological tourism to create an ecologically sustainable economic base for the region.

The Maya Chronicles

The Maya Chronicles Book
Author : Daniel Garrison Brinton
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1882
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Maya and Teotihuacan

The Maya and Teotihuacan Book
Author : Geoffrey E. Braswell
Publisher : University of Texas Press
Release : 2009-07-21
ISBN : 0292783264
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Since the 1930s, archaeologists have uncovered startling evidence of interaction between the Early Classic Maya and the great empire of Teotihuacan in Central Mexico. Yet the exact nature of the relationship between these two ancient Mesoamerican civilizations remains to be fully deciphered. Many scholars have assumed that Teotihuacan colonized the Maya region and dominated the political or economic systems of certain key centers—perhaps even giving rise to state-level political organizations. Others argue that Early Classic rulers merely traded with Teotihuacan and skillfully manipulated its imported exotic goods and symbol sets to increase their prestige. Moving beyond these traditional assumptions, the contributors to this volume present extensive new evidence from archaeology, iconography, and epigraphy to offer a more nuanced understanding of the interaction between the Early Classic Maya and Teotihuacan. Investigating a range of Maya sites, including Kaminaljuyu, Copán, Tikal, Altun Ha, and Oxkintok, they demonstrate that the influence of Teotihuacan on the Maya varied in nature and duration from site to site, requiring a range of models to explain the patterns of interaction. Moreover, they show that the interaction was bidirectional and discuss how the Maya in turn influenced Teotihuacan.

The Maya Year

The Maya Year Book
Author : Cyrus Thomas
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1894
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Conquest of the Maya

The Conquest of the Maya Book
Author : James Leslie Mitchell
Publisher : London : Jarrolds
Release : 1935
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Representation of Deities of the Maya Manuscripts

Representation of Deities of the Maya Manuscripts Book
Author : Paul Schellhas
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1910
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Daily Life in the Maya Civilization

Daily Life in the Maya Civilization Book
Author : Nick Hunter
Publisher : Capstone
Release : 2015-08-01
ISBN : 1484625811
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book explores what life was really like for everyday people in the Maya Civilization. Using primary sources and information from archeological discoveries, it uncovers some fascinating insights and explodes some myths. Supported by timelines, maps and references to important events and people, children will really feel they are on a time-travelling journey when reading this book.

The Guatemalan Genocide of the Maya People

The Guatemalan Genocide of the Maya People Book
Author : John A. Torres
Publisher : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Release : 2017-12-15
ISBN : 1508177368
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Maya Empire became a thriving civilization between the third century and the seventh century CE, but by 900 CE war, drought, and disease wiped out most of its cities and the Mayan people were greatly reduced. Unfortunately, the greatest threat to their existence was yet to come, when the Guatemalan genocide would decimate those who remained in the 1970s and '80s. The facts of the Mayans' story will be intertwined with profiles of individuals and in-depth looks at related topics. Readers will learn how to help those faced with genocide and understand a history that could otherwise repeat itself.