As with other texts a great deal of Popol Vuh's significance lies in the scarcity of early accounts dealing with Mesoamerican mythologies. The account that follows is the Creation of the Animals portion of the Popol Vuh, in a masterful translation by Allen J. Christenson.
The Quiché Creation-Myth is a remarkable survivor from the book burning and cultural genocide that was the conquest. We offer various versions of the creation legend, this one being a condensed account from Hubert Bancroft Howe.
As with other texts a great deal of Popol Vuh's significance lies in the scarcity of early accounts dealing with Mesoamerican mythologies. The account that follows is the Creation portion of the Popol Vuh, in a masterful translation by Allen J. Christenson.
A version of the Popol Vuh found in The Myths of Mexico & Peru, authored by Lewis Spence. As an interpretation of the Popol Vuh it is a useful facsimile of what is a very difficult task in translation.
This book is the result of work carried on by Philip Ainsworth Mean as a graduate student in the Division of Anthropology during the years 1915-1917. It consists mainly of translations of early Spanish books and manuscripts.
In Mesoamerican folk religion, a nagual or nahual is a human being who has the power to transform either spiritually or physically into an animal form: most commonly jaguar and puma but also other animals such as donkeys, birds, dogs or coyotes.
The serpent as chimera: parts of other creatures are added to the serpent’s body, such as the plumes of the trogon or quetzal, the teeth of the jaguar, and the ornaments of man; a look at the serpent in Maya and world culture, myth and worship.
This short article provides a balanced overview of the religious systems of Mexico and Peru before the conquest. The view is rather sweeping but touches upon important points of universal archetypes and is balanced in its overall presentation.
Pre-Columbian ballcourts have been found throughout Mesoamerica, as for example at Copán, as far south as modern Nicaragua, and possibly as far north as what is now the U.S. state of Arizona. These ballcourts vary considerably in size, but all have long narrow alleys with slanted side-walls against which the balls could bounce. This article explores the ritual meaning of the ball court.