By Mary Ellen Miller
The myths and ideology of the good pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica have baffled and interested outsiders ever because the Spanish Conquest. but, before, no single-volume advent has existed to behave as a advisor to this labyrinthine symbolic world.
The Gods and logos of old Mexico and the Maya is the first-ever English-language dictionary of Mesoamerican mythology and faith. approximately three hundred entries, from accession to yoke, describe the most gods and emblems of the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Maya, Teotihuacanos, Mixtecs, Toltecs, and Aztecs. themes diversity from jaguar and jester gods to reptile eye and rubber, from production bills and sacred locations to ritual practices similar to bloodletting, confession, dance, and pilgrimage. furthermore, introductory essays supply succinct debts of Mesoamerican heritage and faith, whereas a considerable bibliographical survey directs the reader to unique resources and up to date discussions. Dictionary entries are illustrated with photos and in particular commissioned line drawings. Mary Miller and Karl Taube draw on their examine within the fast-changing box of Maya stories, and at the most recent Mexican discoveries, to supply an authoritative paintings that may function a regular reference for college kids, students, and tourists. pictures and illustrations all through
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