The Mythology Of Mexico And Central America by John Bierhorst

The Mythology Of Mexico And Central America

byJohn Bierhorst

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In a framework different from the other two Bierhorst mythology volumes, the Mexico and Central American volume provides complete translations of 20 'basic myths' of this region and shows how they have influenced the artistic, literary, and political life of modern Mesoamerica. Bierhorst introduces readers to myths from the Aztec and Maya of pre-Columbian times to the Indian groups that survive today. In a new afterword, Bierhorst discusses how in the late 1980s and 1990s, native mythology has been recast to shed light on themes placed in the foreground of publicconsciousness - democracy, cultural pluralism, religious freedom and environmentalism. Mythology energizes native politics from the high-profile political activisim of the Zapotec Indians against the World Trade Organization to the Nobel Prize winning Quiche Maya activist Rigoberta Menchu. Effortsto demystify the region's mythology include the criticism and investigation of the legend of Juan Diego and the ever-popular Virgin of Guadeloupe. The book includes a glossary, pronunciation guide, notes, bibliography, index, maps. and photos.

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John Bierhorst is the author, editor or translator of more than 40 books on American Indian myths, tales and poetry, for adults and children. Six of his books have been ALA Notable Books. Bierhorst has received positive blurbs from the NYTBR, Kirkus and Library Journal for the original Morrow edition. He is the editorial advisor for t...
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Title:The Mythology Of Mexico And Central AmericaFormat:PaperbackPublished:June 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195146212

ISBN - 13:9780195146219

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"This book should serve as a road map to the cultural wealth of Mesoamerica. John Bierhorst has provided unique stories that will delight his readers. He draws us easily through myths of creation and destruction, of the quest for corn, of wise heroes who come to us as elders and defiant littleboys. By remaining faithful to the simplicity of the telling he preserves the power ofimages that continue to keep alive centuries of cultural heritage."--The New York Times Book Review