Time Among the Maya

Time Among the Maya
Author: Ronald Wright,Pico Iyer
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1780601581
Available:
Release: 2020-06
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Maya of Central America created one of the most dazzling civilizations on this earth, which is often compared to Ancient Greece. The Maya had a delight in creation, expressed in art, architecture, pottery, astronomy, mathematics and mythology, all combined with a deep, metaphysical fascination with time. This civilization seems to have collapsed in the ninth century, some five hundred years before the Spanish conquest of America. Ronald Wright travelled through the old territories of the Maya (the jungles and mountains of Guatemala, Belize and Mexico) to explore the ancient roots of their culture and to map out what has survived. Despite civil wars and centuries of oppression by first an Hispanic, then Mestizo culture, he discovers a region where seven million people still speak Mayan languages and struggle to maintain their resilient, indigenous culture. It is at once a riveting journey, written with wit and wisdom, but also a study of a civilization. It is travel writing at its broadest and its best.

The Maya a Very Short Introduction

The Maya  a Very Short Introduction
Author: Matthew Restall,Amara Solari
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780190645021
Available:
Release: 2020-08-13
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Maya forged one of the greatest societies in the history of the ancient Americas and in all of human history. Long before contact with Europeans, Maya communities built spectacular cities with large, well-fed large populations. They mastered the visual arts, and developed a sophisticated writing system that recorded extraordinary knowledge in calendrics, mathematics, and astronomy. The Maya achieved all this without area-wide centralized control. There was never a single, unified Maya state or empire, but always numerous, evolving ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct Mayan languages. The people we call "Maya" never thought of themselves as such; yet something definable, unique, and endlessly fascinating - what we call Maya culture - has clearly existed for millennia. So what was their self-identity and how did Maya civilization come to be "invented?" With the Maya historically subdivided and misunderstood in so many ways, the pursuit of what made them "the Maya" is all the more important. In this Very Short Introduction, Restall and Solari explore the themes of Maya identity, city-state political culture, art and architecture, the Maya concept of the cosmos, and the Maya experience of contact with including invasion by outsiders. Despite its brevity, this book is unique for its treatment of all periods of Maya civilization, from its origins to the present.

The Mayans

The Mayans
Author: Jon Richards
Pages: 32
ISBN: 0750291885
Available:
Release: 2018-10-11
Editor: Wayland
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

History in Infographics helps children to visualise facts and statistics using a clever and appealing mix of graphics and numbers. The colourful, high-impact design will appeal to a wide range of children, from visual learners to struggling readers, capturing and then holding their attention. Infographics are a really exciting, different way to learn about core historical topics, and are ideal for fact-hungry children, revision work, and to improve the quality of presentations. History in Infographics: The Mayans allows children to explore the Mayan civilisation like never before, finding out how people lived, what they ate, what they wore, how they were ruled, the games they played and how the civilisation died out. Children can discover that the Maya were the first people to make hot chocolate, and how they did it, that they went to war to capture prisoners they then sacrificed to their gods, and all about other South American civilisations, including the Aztecs and the Incas. Ideal for children of 9+, and fact and history lovers of all ages, the Mayans have never seemed more exciting!

Breaking the Maya Code

Breaking the Maya Code
Author: Michael D. Coe
Pages: 304
ISBN: 0500289557
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Release: 2012
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the history of the struggle to decipher the Mayan language, describing the conflicting approaches and explaining what Mayan inscriptions reveal about their culture.

The Maya Book of Life

The Maya Book of Life
Author: Michael Owen
Pages: 520
ISBN: 9780473119898
Available:
Release: 2011-03
Editor: Kahurangi Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

THE MAYA BOOK OF LIFE: UNDERSTANDING THE XULTUN TAROT is the companion book to the Xultun Tarot Classic Edition. It explores the archetypes and alchemy of the major arcana of the Xultun Tarot through indigenous teachings and the analytical psychology of C G Jung and casts new light on the meaning of 2012. The Xultun Tarot was created by Peter Balin in 1976 based on images from Maya history and culture. Taken from a single painting, it is the only tarot deck where the major arcana form a complete picture. This picture is a symbolic image of the alchemical marriage of spirit and matter and a map of what Jung called the individuation process. Only 500 copies of the original Xultun Tarot were ever printed. Now Kahurangi Press (xultun.com) has recreated this classic, long out-of-print deck true to its original large size and vibrant colours together with a book that explains the profound symbolism of the cards. Michael Owen is a clinical psychologist in private practice and author of Jung and the Native American Moon Cycles. He lives in New Zealand.

The Maya Tropical Forest

The Maya Tropical Forest
Author: James D. Nations
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780292778771
Available:
Release: 2010-01-01
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Maya Tropical Forest, which occupies the lowlands of southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, is the closest rainforest to the United States and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Western Hemisphere. It has been home to the Maya peoples for nearly four millennia, starting around 1800 BC. Ancient cities in the rainforest such as Palenque, Yaxchilan, Tikal, and Caracol draw thousands of tourists and scholars seeking to learn more about the prehistoric Maya. Their contemporary descendants, the modern Maya, utilize the forest's natural resources in village life and international trade, while striving to protect their homeland from deforestation and environmental degradation. Writing for both visitors and conservationists, James Nations tells the fascinating story of how ancient and modern Maya peoples have used and guarded the rich natural resources of the Maya Tropical Forest. He opens with a natural history that profiles the forest's significant animals and plants. Nations then describes the Maya peoples, biological preserves, and major archaeological sites in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. Drawing on more than twenty-five years of conservation work in the Maya Tropical Forest, Nations tells first-hand stories of the creation of national parks and other protected areas to safeguard the region's natural resources and archaeological heritage. He concludes with an expert assessment of the forest's future in which he calls for expanded archaeological tourism to create an ecologically sustainable economic base for the region.

Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens

Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens
Author: Simon Martin,Nikolai Grube
Pages: 240
ISBN: UCSC:32106019910212
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Release: 2008
Editor: Chronicles
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The only comprehensive, kingdom-by-kingdom history of the ancient Maya"--Cover.

The History of the Maya

The History of the Maya
Author: Mary Ann Hoffman
Pages: 32
ISBN: 1404251480
Available:
Release: 2010-01-01
Editor: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents an introduction to the concept of using computational skills in problem solving, and contains an overview of the history of the Mayan people of Mexico, including information on their society, economy, architecture, mathematics, and writing.

The Maya Prophecy

The Maya Prophecy
Author: P. A. Faber
Pages: 428
ISBN: 9781469792101
Available:
Release: 2012-03
Editor: iUniverse
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

According to Mayan prophecy, the world will end December 21, 2012. It is a mystery how the Mayans came to this conclusion; it is also a mystery how to stop certain doom. But in all their wisdom, is there a possibility that the Mayans knew how to postpone the end of the world? If so, could there be an ancient text that reveals the answer archaeologists seek? Anthropologist Kate O'Hara thinks so. She and a team of fellow academics stumble upon a mysterious Mayan codex while investigating in the Yucatan Peninsula. Before the codex can be authenticated, however, it disappears, and the team begins to receive death threats from a menacing secret society. Luckily, Kate already made a copy of the manuscript, and so begins the lengthy process of translation, despite the terrible danger to their lives. The codex reveals the story of Ahkan, a Maya shaman, and her cousin and soul mate, Took Pac, a priest of the Maya Temple of Kul'kul'kan. Took Pac discovered a secret text written by the Mayan king and prophet, Chan Bahlam II. Kate believes the answer to the world's crisis may be found in the words of Chan Bahlam. Now she must try to translate the manuscript in time-and live long enough to share the good news with others.

Empires of the Maya

Empires of the Maya
Author: Jill Rubalcaba,Angela Keller
Pages: 161
ISBN: 9781438129525
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Release: 2009
Editor: Infobase Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Long before European boats reached the shores of the Americas, sophisticated civilizations had already developed throughout the continents. The empire of the Maya, located in modern Mexico and Central America, influenced civilization there for centuries. The ancient Maya had fully developed the idea of the calendar, detailed a writing system, pioneered new ideas in agriculture, and built towering palaces and temples that still stand today. Empire of the Ancient Maya gives a brief summary of the history of the empire, placing it within the context of its time period and geographical location, and then explores the evolution of Maya civilization from its origin through the classic period to the Spanish conquest. Delving into daily life, the book includes Maya achievements in mathematics, astronomy, technology, political organization, commerce, architecture, and the arts.

The Maya

The Maya
Author: Michael D. Coe,Stephen D. Houston
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0500291888
Available:
Release: 2015-05-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Coe and Houston update this classic account of the New Worlds greatest ancient civilization, incorporating the most recent research in a fast-changing field. New discoveries of spectacular stucco sculptures at El Zotz and Holmul reveal surprising aspects of Maya royalty; the Classic Maya themselves can be understood as occupants of royal courts, full of Machiavellian intrigue yet operating in close communion with gods and cosmos. Just-discovered texts at Xultun show a strong concern with astronomy and numerology, as well as evidence of lost books. Other finds include the discovery in an underwater cavern of the earliest known occupant of the region, the Hoyo Negro girl, and new evidence for the first architecture at Ceibal. The Maya highlights the vitality of current scholarship into this brilliant civilization.

The Maya Tropical Forest

The Maya Tropical Forest
Author: James D. Nations
Pages: 323
ISBN: 9780292713185
Available:
Release: 2006-07-01
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Maya Tropical Forest, which occupies the lowlands of southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, is the closest rainforest to the United States and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Western Hemisphere. It has been home to the Maya peoples for nearly four millennia, starting around 1800 BC. Ancient cities in the rainforest such as Palenque, Yaxchilan, Tikal, and Caracol draw thousands of tourists and scholars seeking to learn more about the prehistoric Maya. Their contemporary descendants, the modern Maya, utilize the forest's natural resources in village life and international trade, while striving to protect their homeland from deforestation and environmental degradation. Writing for both visitors and conservationists, James Nations tells the fascinating story of how ancient and modern Maya peoples have used and guarded the rich natural resources of the Maya Tropical Forest. He opens with a natural history that profiles the forest's significant animals and plants. Nations then describes the Maya peoples, biological preserves, and major archaeological sites in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. Drawing on more than twenty-five years of conservation work in the Maya Tropical Forest, Nations tells first-hand stories of the creation of national parks and other protected areas to safeguard the region's natural resources and archaeological heritage. He concludes with an expert assessment of the forest's future in which he calls for expanded archaeological tourism to create an ecologically sustainable economic base for the region.

The Maya Year

The Maya Year
Author: Cyrus Thomas
Pages: 64
ISBN: UCR:31210024867960
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Release: 1894
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Maya and Teotihuacan

The Maya and Teotihuacan
Author: Geoffrey E. Braswell
Pages: 441
ISBN: 9780292783263
Available:
Release: 2009-07-21
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Since the 1930s, archaeologists have uncovered startling evidence of interaction between the Early Classic Maya and the great empire of Teotihuacan in Central Mexico. Yet the exact nature of the relationship between these two ancient Mesoamerican civilizations remains to be fully deciphered. Many scholars have assumed that Teotihuacan colonized the Maya region and dominated the political or economic systems of certain key centers—perhaps even giving rise to state-level political organizations. Others argue that Early Classic rulers merely traded with Teotihuacan and skillfully manipulated its imported exotic goods and symbol sets to increase their prestige. Moving beyond these traditional assumptions, the contributors to this volume present extensive new evidence from archaeology, iconography, and epigraphy to offer a more nuanced understanding of the interaction between the Early Classic Maya and Teotihuacan. Investigating a range of Maya sites, including Kaminaljuyu, Copán, Tikal, Altun Ha, and Oxkintok, they demonstrate that the influence of Teotihuacan on the Maya varied in nature and duration from site to site, requiring a range of models to explain the patterns of interaction. Moreover, they show that the interaction was bidirectional and discuss how the Maya in turn influenced Teotihuacan.

The Maya Chronicles

The Maya Chronicles
Author: Daniel G. Brinton,Daniel Garrison Brinton
Pages: 279
ISBN: OXFORD:590667840
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Release: 1882
Editor: Createspace Independent Pub
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Reprint of the originally book released in 1882

The Maya Prophecy

The Maya Prophecy
Author: P. A. Faber
Pages: 428
ISBN: 9781469792118
Available:
Release: 2012-03-28
Editor: iUniverse
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

According to Mayan prophecy, the world will end December 21, 2012. It is a mystery how the Mayans came to this conclusion; it is also a mystery how to stop certain doom. But in all their wisdom, is there a possibility that the Mayans knew how to postpone the end of the world? If so, could there be an ancient text that reveals the answer archaeologists seek? Anthropologist Kate OHara thinks so. She and a team of fellow academics stumble upon a mysterious Mayan codex while investigating in the Yucatan Peninsula. Before the codex can be authenticated, however, it disappears, and the team begins to receive death threats from a menacing secret society. Luckily, Kate already made a copy of the manuscript, and so begins the lengthy process of translation, despite the terrible danger to their lives. The codex reveals the story of Ahkan, a Maya shaman, and her cousin and soul mate, Took Pac, a priest of the Maya Temple of Kulkulkan. Took Pac discovered a secret text written by the Mayan king and prophet, Chan Bahlam II. Kate believes the answer to the worlds crisis may be found in the words of Chan Bahlam. Now she must try to translate the manuscript in timeand live long enough to share the good news with others.

Daily Life in the Maya Civilization

Daily Life in the Maya Civilization
Author: Nick Hunter
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9781484625811
Available:
Release: 2015-08-01
Editor: Capstone
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book explores what life was really like for everyday people in the Maya Civilization. Using primary sources and information from archeological discoveries, it uncovers some fascinating insights and explodes some myths. Supported by timelines, maps and references to important events and people, children will really feel they are on a time-travelling journey when reading this book.

The Guatemalan Genocide of the Maya People

The Guatemalan Genocide of the Maya People
Author: John A. Torres
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781508177364
Available:
Release: 2017-12-15
Editor: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Maya Empire became a thriving civilization between the third century and the seventh century CE, but by 900 CE war, drought, and disease wiped out most of its cities and the Mayan people were greatly reduced. Unfortunately, the greatest threat to their existence was yet to come, when the Guatemalan genocide would decimate those who remained in the 1970s and '80s. The facts of the Mayans' story will be intertwined with profiles of individuals and in-depth looks at related topics. Readers will learn how to help those faced with genocide and understand a history that could otherwise repeat itself.

The Man Who Found the Maya

The Man Who Found the Maya
Author: Steven Frimmer
Pages: 263
ISBN: 9781453508497
Available:
Release: 2010
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Starting as a typical tourist, John Lloyd Stephens developed into an adventurous traveler and popular author, hailed as our greatest travel writer. Then he blossomed into an intrepid explorer who found over forty sites of the virtually forgotten Maya, pioneering archaeology in the Americas, and rescuing from obscurity a lost civilization. His incredible travels, first in Europe, the Near East, and the Holy Land, and then in the jungles of Central America and Mexico, mark him as a kind of nineteenth-century Indiana Jones. How he transformed from the wandering tourist who scrawled his name on ancient monuments to the dedicated discoverer whose theories about the Maya were often years ahead of the scholars is as fascinating as the exploits he chronicled in his books. Based largely on Stephens's own writings, this biography presents the man in the widely different settings that marked his colorful career the society of his beloved nineteenth-century New York, the forbidding desert of Arabia, plague-ridden Constantinople, and the uncharted mountains and steaming jungles where the hidden Maya temples and cities lay under centuries of almost impenetrable vegetation. Readers will see through Stephens's eyes the hieroglyphic covered temples of ancient Luxor, the hidden city of Petra, carved out of living rock, and the moment he comes upon the walls of Copan, one of the great moments in archaeology. From his childhood in a booming young New York City, to his years as a lawyer dabbling in politics, to his travels and his four successful books about those travels, to his subsequent career as a businessman, Stephens was a fascinating figure and an interesting one to read about. STEVEN FRIMMER is a retired editor, with more than thirty years experience in book publishing, and is the author of three previously published books on archaeology.

The Maya Vase Conservation Project

The Maya Vase Conservation Project
Author: Lynn A. Grant,Elin C. Danien
Pages: 109
ISBN: 1931707871
Available:
Release: 2006-05-05
Editor: UPenn Museum of Archaeology
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Accompanying CD-ROM contains ... "[photographs of] each of those vessels ... their initial condition, treatment, and final appearance. Detailed information on each vessel's provenience, dimensions, and iconography are also found on this CD."--P. [xv].