Popol Vuh

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Popol Vuh

(pōpōl` vo͞o`) [Quiché,=collection of the council], sacred book of the QuichéQuiché
, indigenous peoples of Mayan linguistic stock, in the western highlands of Guatemala; most important group of the ancient southern Maya. The largest of the contemporary native groups of Guatemala, numbering over a million, they live principally in the region
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. The most important document of the cosmogony, religion, mythology, migratory traditions, and history of the Quiché, the original Popol Vuh was destroyed by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado, but it was rewritten in Spanish by a converted Quiché shortly after the Spanish conquest. The language and literary style, the philosophy, and the life it reveals show the Quiché had reached a high degree of learning. A similar document, more historical in content and treating of the neighboring Cakchiquel, is the Annals of the Cakchiquel.


See the English version of the Popol Vuh by D. Goetz and S. C. Morley (1950); study by L. Spence (1908, repr. 1972).

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What they actually did was attempt to outlaw a worldview that literally is related to the Popol Vuh.
The panels' carved images depict an important scene from the Popol Vuh, a text of the Mayan myth that was first recorded in the 16th century, according to Idaho State University archaeologist Richard Hansen, who is directing the ongoing excavation.
For instance, Burroughs radically reworked the role of Maya priests to meet his own thematic needs, making them gods of death in command of a telepathic control system, while, with the exception of the death god Ah Puch, completely ignoring Xibalba (1) and the nine lords of the underworld in the Maya creation myth, the Popol Vuh.
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He said the slogan Let No One Be Left Behind comes from the Popol Vuh, the sacred Mayan text, and was adopted as this year's motto to inspire the bank's work.
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This claim derives from the following similarity: In the Popol vuh a pair of pre-human, divine siblings performs a quest after their father's death.
The reading of the Popol Vuh is an effective introduction to indigenous mythology and the creation of the world according to Mayan culture.
The theme is equally universal in the Popol Vuh ("Council Book") of the Quiche Maya of Mexico, who otherwise acknowledge the foreign origins of their sacred knowledge as "the light that came from across the sea".
Among other texts, he has translated Victor Montejo's version of the Popol Vuh (Groundwood), Elena Garro's First Love and Look for My Obituary (Curbstone), and Barbara Jacobs's Dead Leaves (Curbstone).
And while Rothenberg is unquestionably the organizing principle of ethnopoetics (as its mover, shaker, and primary theoretician); and while Tedlock may have produced, even by Tarn's own assessment, in his translation of the Popol Vuh (which is the Mayan book of creation) the major effort of ethnopoetics on a single text; Tarn in my mind is the one true ethnopoet.
The Pop Wuj dance (named after the Popol Vuh, the sacred script of the pre-conquest Maya), shows the four stages of man.