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In The Dog Who Spoke and More Mayan Folktales, my approach is to present the stories in their cultural context. Thus, an overview of the culture, using standard ethnographic categories of the setting, social and economic organization, ...

Author: James D. Sexton

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806186405

Category: History

Page: 352

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In the delightful Mayan folktale The Dog Who Spoke, we learn what happens when a dog’s master magically transforms into a dog-man who reasons like a man but acts like a dog. This and the other Mayan folktales in this bilingual collection brim with the enchanting creativity of rural Guatemala’s oral culture. In addition to stories about ghosts and humans turning into animals, the volume also offers humorous yarns. Hailing from the Lake Atitlán region in the Guatemalan highlands, these tales reflect the dynamics of, and conflicts between, Guatemala’s Indian, Ladino, and white cultures. The animals, humans, and supernatural forces that figure in these stories represent Mayan cultural values, social mores, and history. James D. Sexton and Fredy Rodríguez-Mejía allow the thirty-three stories to speak for themselves—first in the original Spanish and then in English translations that maintain the meaning and rural inflection of the originals. Available in print for the first time, with a glossary of Indian and Spanish terms, these Guatemalan folktales represent generations of transmitted oral culture that is fast disappearing and deserves a wider audience.
2014-10-22 By James D. Sexton

Folklore from Lake Atitlán, Guatemala James D. Sexton. villages. While these three dialects are similar, there are some lexical items peculiar to each community. The ancestors of the Quiché, Cakchiquel, and Tzutuhil Maya elite were a ...

Author: James D. Sexton


ISBN: IND:30000061695320

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 265

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This collection of folklore offers a rich and lively panorama of Mayan mythic heritage. Here are everyday tales of village life; legends of witches, shamans, spiritualists, tricksters, and devils; fables of naguales, or persons who can change into animal forms; ribald stories of love and life; cautionary tales of strange and menacing neighbors and of the danger lurking within the human heart. These legends narrate origin and creation stories, explain the natural world, and reinforce cultural beliefs and values such as honesty, industriousness, sharing, fairness, and cleverness. Whether tragic or comic, fantastic or earthy, whimsical or profound, these tales capture the mystery, fragility, and power of the Mayan world.
1999 By James D. Sexton

About 150 tale types of European or African origin included in the Aarne - ThompsonUther index may be found in Maya folktales : for example , ATU 1310A , Briar - Patch Punishment for Rabbit ; ATU 313 , The Magic Flight ; and ATU 554 ...

Author: Donald Haase

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: 0313334412

Category: Reference

Page: 420

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Provides alphabetically arranged entries on folk and fairy tales from around the world, including information on authors, subjects, themes, characters, and national traditions.
2008 By Donald Haase

The story of the Hero Twins was one of the most popular in Mayan history, and it is one whose effect spans other Mesoamerican cultures. Mythical Creatures and Places Like most ancient cultures, several mythical creatures and folk tales ...

Author: Sebastian Berg

Publisher: Creek Ridge Publishing


Category: Fiction

Page: 82

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The Mayan people were natural storytellers, and their imagination knew no bounds. They took the traditional Mesoamerican versions of creation and the gods of the universe and molded them into their own, adding and shaping their unique version of mythology and folktales. This left us with a significant pantheon of gods and goddesses, each with a memorable and captivating story. The Mayans had an image of the universe and their place in it, and they told stories of gods and heroes that rival Greek Mythology.
2021-10-12 By Sebastian Berg

Archaeology, Inc. Secrets of the Maya. New York: Hatherleigh, 2003. A collection of articles about Mayan sites that originally appeared in Archaeology magazine. Some of the articles include discoveries related to the Mayan myths and ...

Author: Stephen Currie

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781420509502

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 104

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Author Stephen Currie provides readers with an intriguing look at the mythology of the Mayan culture. He explains how the beliefs, values, and experiences of that culture are represented in its treasured stories. Topics covered include creation stories, myths of culture heroes such as the Hero Twins, and tales of the gods of maize, rain, and wind, as well as the malevolent spirits of the underworld, Xilbaba. This volume has a map of the Mayan civilization, a genealogy grid for the Hero Twins, a table of major characters with name pronunciations and brief descriptions, a glossary, sidebars, fact boxes, a bibliography of sources for further study, and a subject index.
2012-05-04 By Stephen Currie

of a culture, the folktales of the Maya offer a fascinating avenue to cultural understanding. The stories that follow are tales from the isolated region of Alta Verapaz in Guatemala, home of the Kekchi Maya.

Author: Elin C. Danien

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781934536636

Category: Social Science

Page: 104

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The dozen tales in this book were collected from Guatemalan informants early in the twentieth century recorded in the words of the storytellers. They come down to us unfiltered by anthropologists, writers, or professional folklorists. The tales make up a fascinating collection that informs in significant and creative ways how the Maya view their world and how they were engaged with the greater world around them in insightful and often humorous ways. They offer transformations, ogres, anthropomorphic animals, mountains and caves, and supernatural explanations for natural phenomena, along with the origins of modes of dress and behavior, medical rituals, and tales that carry folk interpretations of the Popul Vuh, the ancient Maya creation myth. Elin C. Danien's introductory essay includes biographical information about the collectors, suggestions of pre-Columbian roots for the tales, and a history of the previous restricted publication. Her explanations of cultural behavior enhance the human qualities of the actors without transgressing the storytellers. The early date of these tales makes the book extremely unusual and fresh.
2013-03-16 By Elin C. Danien

The modern Maya are the descendants of the creators of the ancient Maya civilizations of southern Mexico, ... For a long time, the very existence of Maya folktales was in doubt, mainly because many groups of Maya opposed sharing their ...

Author: Anne E. Duggan Ph.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610692540

Category: Social Science

Page: 1590

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Encyclopedic in its coverage, this one-of-a-kind reference is ideal for students, scholars, and others who need reliable, up-to-date information on folk and fairy tales, past and present. • Provides encyclopedic coverage of folktales and fairy tales from around the globe • Covers not only the history of the fairy tale, but also topics of contemporary importance such as the fairy tale in manga, television, pop music, and music videos • Brings together the study of geography, culture, history, and anthropology • Revises and expands an award-winning work to now include a full volume of selected tales and texts
2016-02-12 By Anne E. Duggan Ph.D.

ORIGINS OF MAYAN FOLKTALES Apart from the collection of Shaw ( 1971 ) and the analysis which Pino Saavedra ( 1977 ) did of that collection , not much attention has been paid to the classification , origin and geographical distribution ...

Author: Fernando Peñalosa

Publisher: Yax Te' Press

ISBN: IND:30000050685514

Category: Mayas

Page: 128

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Folklore, History, and Ethnography from Northwestern Guatemala Nicholas A. Hopkins. Antropología. ———. 1991. ... In Chol (Mayan) Folktales, Nicholas A. Hopkins and J. Kathryn Josserand, pp. 15–31. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.

Author: Nicholas A. Hopkins

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9781646421305

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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The Chuj of northwestern Guatemala are among the least studied groups of the Mayan family, and their relative isolation has preserved a strong indigenous tradition of storytelling. In Chuj (Mayan) Narratives, Nicholas Hopkins analyzes six narratives that illustrate the breadth of the Chuj storytelling tradition, from ancient mythology to current events and from intimate tales of local affairs to borrowed stories, such as an adaptation of Oedipus Rex. The book illustrates the broad range of stories people tell each other, from mythological and legendary topics to procedural discussions and stories borrowed from European and African societies. Hopkins provides context for the narratives by introducing the reader to Chuj culture and history, conveying important events as described by indigenous participants. These events include customs and practices related to salt production as well as the beginnings of the disastrous civil war of the last century, which resulted in the destruction of several villages from which the narratives in this study originated. Hopkins also provides an analytical framework for the strategies of the storytellers and presents the narratives with Chuj text and English translation side-by-side. Chuj (Mayan) Narratives analyzes the strategies of storytelling in an innovative framework applicable to other corpora and includes sufficient grammatical information to function as an introduction to the Chuj language. The stories illustrate the persistence of Classic Maya themes in contemporary folk literature, making the book significant to Mesoamericanists and Mayanists and an essential resource for students and scholars of Maya linguistics and literary traditions, storytelling, and folklore.
2021-01-28 By Nicholas A. Hopkins

Mayan Folktales: Folklore from Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. New York: Doubleday. Kaqchikel stories collected in Spanish. Sharer, Robert J. 1989. “The Preclassic Origins of Maya Writing: A Highland Perspective.” In Word and Image in Maya ...

Author: Dennis Tedlock

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520271371

Category: History

Page: 480

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"Never before has anyone focused so successfully on the literary genius of these ancient authors. Tedlock is so much more than a translator, placing selected Mayan works in a continuous narrative that skillfully links authors from the third century to the sixteenth century with writers of today. An extremely important, original, and innovative work."—Martha J. Macri, coauthor of The New Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs, Volumes 1 and 2, and Director of the Maya Hieroglyphic Database Project, University of California, Davis "A stunning recreation of the intellectual world of the ancient Maya, the only fully literate people of pre-Columbian America. Informed by the latest research on Maya hieroglyphic writing, art, and mythology, this beautifully illustrated and wonderfully readable work by an outstanding scholar should be on the bookshelf of all those interested in this fascinating civilization."—Michael Coe, author of Breaking the Maya Code "This book is, like the ancient Maya texts and images it explores, a work of art."—David Freidel, co-author (with Linda Schele and Joy Parker) of Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman’s Path "Literally breathtaking. A truly unprecedented gathering and translation of written Mayan texts. Tedlock is making visible, for the first time, a Mayan literature in comprehensible, meaningful form.”"—Jerome Rothenberg, poet, author/editor of Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium
2011-11-04 By Dennis Tedlock