Popol Vuh

Popol Vuh

The Sacred Book of the Maya

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Univ of Oklahoma Pr

The Popol Vuh is the most important example of Maya literature to have survived the Spanish conquest. It is also one of the world’s great creation accounts, comparable to the beauty and power of Genesis.

Most previous translations have relied on Spanish versions rather than the original K’iche’-Maya text. Based on ten years of research by a leading scholar of Maya literature, this translation with extensive notes is uniquely faithful to the original language. Retaining the poetic style of the original text, the translation is also remarkably accessible to English readers.

Illustrated with more than eighty drawings, photographs, and maps, Allen J. Christenson’s authoritative version brings out the richness and elegance of this sublime work of literature, comparable to such epic masterpieces as the Ramayana and Mahabharata of India or the Iliad and Odyssey of Greece.


The Popol Vuh is the most important example of Maya literature to have survived the Spanish conquest. It is also one of the world’s great creation accounts, comparable to the beauty and power of Genesis.

Most previous translations have relied on Spanish versions rather than the original K’iche’-Maya text. Based on ten years of research by a leading scholar of Maya literature, this translation with extensive notes is uniquely faithful to the original language. Retaining the poetic style of the original text, the translation is also remarkably accessible to English readers.



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The 2003 edition, published by Winchester in Britain and O Books in New York, is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed. Christiansen (humanities, classics, and comparative literature; Brigham Young U.) presents an English translation of the Quiché Mayan sacred book first compiled in the middle of the 16th century. His introduction discusses the history of the people and the manuscript, the authors, the poetry, and the orthography. He also includes a guide to pronunciation, extensive footnotes explaining references, and maps. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2007
Edition: Oklahoma ed
ISBN: 9780806138398
0806138394
Branch Call Number: 299.78 P814
Characteristics: 327 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Christenson, Allen J. 1957-

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