An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya

An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya Author Mary Ellen Miller
ISBN-10 0500279284
ISBN-13 9780500279281
Year 1997-04-17
Pages 216
Language English
Publisher Thames & Hudson
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The myths and beliefs of the great pre Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica have baffled and fascinated outsiders ever since the Spanish Conquest Yet until now no single volume introduction has existed to act as a guide to this labyrinthine symbolic world The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya is the first ever English language dictionary of Mesoamerican mythology and religion Nearly 300 entries from accession to yoke describe the main gods and symbols of the Olmecs Zapotecs Maya Teotihuacanos Mixtecs Toltecs and Aztecs Topics range from jaguar and jester gods to reptile eye and rubber from creation accounts and sacred places to ritual practices such as bloodletting confession dance and pilgrimage In addition two introductory essays provide succinct accounts of Mesoamerican history and religion while a substantial bibliographical survey directs the reader to original sources and recent discussions Dictionary entries are illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned line drawings Mary Miller and Karl Taube draw on their research in the fast changing field of Maya studies and on the latest Mexican discoveries to produce an authoritative work that will serve as a standard reference for students scholars and travelers Photographs and illustrations throughout

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