The Mythology of the Aztec and Maya (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Mythology of the Aztec and Maya With over 200 full-colour artworks, maps, drawings and photographs, this is an encyclopedic guide to the mythology of Mexico and central America. It covers the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Toltec, Mixtec, Totonac, and Zapotec peoples, and also attempts to explain the unsolved puzzles of their universe.
- Published: 30 April 2006
- Format: Paperback 128 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781844762361 ISBN 10: 184476236X
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This is a comprehensive guide to the gods and goddesses, spirits and demons, myths and legends of Mexico and Central America. Over 200 stunning colour photographs, paintings, sculptures and artworks reveal the past in all its glory. It includes the true stories behind the tales that surround the mighty pyramids, the wonderful carvings and artefacts, its gleaming gold jewellery and precious stones of the region, and its cultures. This encyclopedic guide covers the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Toltec, Mixtec, Totonac, and Zapotec peoples, and attempts to explain the unsolved puzzles of their universe - the birth of the Sun, the mysteries of creation and birth, the development of humankind, and the meaning of death. Throughout these legends and tales, the themes of death and sacrifice constantly resonate, and this is reflected in all the major narrative cycles from the Maya story of the descent of the Hero Twins into the Underworld to the glorious legend of Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent. Lavishly illustrated throughout, with over 200 full-colour artworks, maps, drawings and photographs, this is an indispensable and very accessible reference guide to the mythology of Mexico and central America.