Rabinal Achi: A Mayan Drama of War and Sacrifice

Paperback | April 27, 2005

byDennis Tedlock

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Here is one of the most important surviving works of pre-Columbian civilization, Rabinal Achi, a Mayan drama set a century before the arrival of the Spanish, produced by the translator of the best selling Popol Vuh. The first direct translation into English from Quiche Maya, based on the original text, Rabinal Achi is the story of city-states, war, and nobility, of diplomacy, mysticism, and psychic journeys. Dennis Tedlock's translation is clear and vivid; more than that, it is rooted in an understandingof how the play is actually performed. Despite being banned for centuries by Spanish authorities, it survived in actual practice, and is still performed in the town of Rabinal today. Tedlock provides an introduction and commentary that explain the historical events compressed into the play, theSpanish influence on the Mayan dramatic tradition, and the cultural and religious world preserved in this remarkable play.

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Here is one of the most important surviving works of pre-Columbian civilization, Rabinal Achi, a Mayan drama set a century before the arrival of the Spanish, produced by the translator of the best selling Popol Vuh. The first direct translation into English from Quiche Maya, based on the original text, Rabinal Achi is the story of...

Dennis Tedlock is Distinguished Professor of English and Anthropology at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:382 pages, 5.79 × 8.7 × 1.3 inPublished:April 27, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195139755

ISBN - 13:9780195139754

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"Man of Rabinal, Lord Five Thunder, Eagle, Jaguar, and Cawek dance and speak in lightening and thunder! Listen, hear, see without and within Sky and Earth! The Mayan voice is always its own and, yet, too your voice and my voice is OUR voice in the voice of Rabinal Achi."--Simon J. Ortiz,Writer, Poet, Author of Out There Somewhere, Woven Stone