Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya

Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya
Title Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya PDF eBook
Author Mary Ellen Miller
Publisher National Geographic Books
Total Pages 0
Release 1997-04-01
Genre Antiques & Collectibles
ISBN 0500279284

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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.

The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya

The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya
Title The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya PDF eBook
Author Mary Ellen Miller
Publisher
Total Pages 216
Release 1993
Genre Aztecs
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Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico

Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico
Title Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico PDF eBook
Author Jorge Enciso
Publisher Courier Corporation
Total Pages 194
Release 1953-01-01
Genre Art
ISBN 0486200841

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Numerous primitive designs from early Mexican cultures are reproduced to demonstrate native decorative ingenuity and inspire modern artists and designers

A Pocket Dictionary of Aztec and Mayan Gods and Goddesses

A Pocket Dictionary of Aztec and Mayan Gods and Goddesses
Title A Pocket Dictionary of Aztec and Mayan Gods and Goddesses PDF eBook
Author Clara Bezanilla
Publisher Getty Publications
Total Pages 52
Release 2010
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 9781606060087

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Originally published: London: British Museum Press, 2006.

The Complete Illustrated History of the Aztec and Maya

The Complete Illustrated History of the Aztec and Maya
Title The Complete Illustrated History of the Aztec and Maya PDF eBook
Author Charles Phillips
Publisher Southwater
Total Pages 0
Release 2015-06
Genre Aztec mythology
ISBN 9781846810732

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This wide-ranging reference book covers almost 3000 years, offering enthralling insights into the art and architecture, myths and legends, and everyday life of Mesoamerica. Stories of sun-gods and blood sacrifice, of pyramids and temples, and of the fabulous treasuries filled with gold have fascinated many generations. The World Heritage sites of historic Mexico City and Tenochtitlan, Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, Tikal and Monte Alban are examined in detail. This unrivalled volume is not only a perfect introduction to the history of these lost civilizations, but also a stunning visual record of a unique period that has helped to shape our world.

Ancient Maya Commoners

Ancient Maya Commoners
Title Ancient Maya Commoners PDF eBook
Author Jon C. Lohse
Publisher University of Texas Press
Total Pages 322
Release 2010-01-01
Genre Social Science
ISBN 0292778147

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Much of what we currently know about the ancient Maya concerns the activities of the elites who ruled the societies and left records of their deeds carved on the monumental buildings and sculptures that remain as silent testimony to their power and status. But what do we know of the common folk who labored to build the temple complexes and palaces and grew the food that fed all of Maya society? This pathfinding book marshals a wide array of archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic evidence to offer the fullest understanding to date of the lifeways of ancient Maya commoners. Senior and emerging scholars contribute case studies that examine such aspects of commoner life as settlement patterns, household organization, and subsistence practices. Their reports cover most of the Maya area and the entire time span from Preclassic to Postclassic. This broad range of data helps resolve Maya commoners from a faceless mass into individual actors who successfully adapted to their social environment and who also held primary responsibility for producing the food and many other goods on which the whole Maya society depended.

The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects

The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects
Title The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects PDF eBook
Author Barbara G. Walker
Publisher Harper Collins
Total Pages 2626
Release 2013-05-07
Genre Reference
ISBN 0062288873

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This fascinating guide to the history and mythology of woman-related symbols features: Unique organization by shape of symbol or type of sacred object 21 different sections including Round and Oval Motifs, Sacred Objects, Secular-Sacred Objects, Rituals, Deities' Signs, Supernaturals, Body Parts, Nature, Birds, Plants, Minerals, Stones and Shells, and more Introductory essays for each section 753 entries and 636 illustrations Alphabetical index for easy reference Three-Rayed Sun The sun suspended in heaven by three powers, perhaps the Triple Goddess who gave birth to it (see Three-Way Motifs). Corn Dolly An embodiment of the harvest to be set in the center of the harvest dance, or fed to the cattle to `make them thrive year round' (see Secular-Sacred Objects). Tongue In Asia, the extended tongue was a sign of life-force as the tongue between the lips imitated the sacred lingam-yoni: male within female genital. Sticking out the tongue is still a polite sign of greeting in northern India and Tibet (see Body Parts). Cosmic Egg In ancient times the primeval universe-or the Great Mother-took the form of an egg. It carried all numbers and letters within an ellipse, to show that everything is contained within one form at the beginning (see Round and Oval Motifs).