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
  • An Illustrated Dictionary Of The Gods And Symbols Of Ancient Mexico And The Maya
ISBN: 0500279284
EAN13: 9780500279281
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 17, 1997
Pages: 216
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 9.4" L x 6.3" W
Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

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.

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   Great place to start
I received this book a few days ago so that this is an early review. I am not aware of any other similarly accessible books for a popular or non-academic market ''. Overall, this is a very useful book and a good tool for launching your research into Mesoamerican religion. I give it four stars instead of five, because I would have liked the book to be stratified by culture. As it stands now, deities, symbols and concepts organized alphabetically over Mesoamerica are simply delineated.
 
5
   Perfect!
Great illustrations and photos are found throughout this book and I would highly recommend it to novices and experts.
 
5
   Terrific Reference Book
I love and have this book. It can be used straight or read as an encyclopedia for specific terms. Easy to read with lots of references for further reading.
 
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   Great Book, But...
Great book, but I recently noticed that pages 177 through 188 were duplicated, so that I am missing all entries after Xiuhcoatl was on page 188. I don 't know if this happened only to my copy or not. It is past the time to replace it, but it would be nice to have a replacement that includes the missing pages free of charge, since I shouldn't have to check for missing pages after receiving a book. The issue of update has been resolved.
 
5
   Very complete.
I am a lover of Meso-American archaeology and have some books on it. I am not an expert, but there are few books on this subject so complete. If you are interested in these wonderful and long lost civilizations, I recommend it for you!
 
5
   Bought for a grandchild
Our great grandson has an interest in the Mayan and ancient history of Mexico. Insomuch as the Mayans and Coweta Creek, a fact not usually known, are engaged in trade and cultural exchanges, this book is an excellent resource.
 
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   The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico
What a spectacular book! This book is a must if you are interested in the mythology of the Aztecs, Mayans, or other Mesoamerican civilizations. It is profusely illustrated with black and white line drawings and photographs and written in an easy to understand text that covers just about everything you could ever want to know. I learned a great deal from using this book and you will too. This is certainly a book to add to your library.
 
5
   Almost As Good As a College Text
Beautiful, well researched and well illustrated book on major Meso-American pre-contact deities and paradigms. I recommend a copy of Burning Water or A Scattering of Jades '' for some Aztec poetry.
 
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