for Popol Vuh by Victor Montejo and Luis Garay
By adapting one of the oldest known books of the Americas, Victor Montejo has made the Mayan creation stories available to children for the first time. In the tradition of most sacred mythology, the stories tell of gods and demigods struggling to create the natural world we know today. One especially distinctive feature of the Mayan creation myth is the importance the creator places on language: he has several false starts, creating many species before he is satisfied with the speaking ability of the Men of Corn. Children may be particularly captivated by the tales involving the Hero Twins, wise, athletic tricksters who defeat the gods of the underworld by winning a ballgame, and who later become the sun and the moon. They will also be intrigued by Luis Garay’s marvelously detailed paintings which depict the gods and goddesses for the most part as ordinary-looking human beings. This elegantly produced volume is also available in its original Spanish-language edition, Popol Vuj: Libro Sagrado de los Maya (Groundwood, 1999). (Age 9 and up)
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One of the few Maya documents to survive the Spanish conquest, the Popol Vuh describes the creation of the Maya universe and of humans. It tells the tale of the Hero Twins, who defeated the gods of the underworld in a ball game, and details the legendary history of the Quiche Maya rulers until their imprisonment and torture by the Spanish. Equivalent to the Bible and the Greek and Roman mythologies, the Popol Vuh is the essential text of Mayan culture. Here, vivid images and captivating text will fascinate children.
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