By Adrian Recinos
This is the 1st entire model in English of the "Book of the folks" of the Quiche Maya, the main strong country of the Guatemalan highlands in pre-Conquest instances and a department of the traditional Maya, whose impressive civilization in pre-Columbian the US is in lots of methods corresponding to the traditional civilizations of the Mediterranean. in most cases considered as America's oldest e-book, the Popol Vuh, in truth, corresponds to our Christian Bible, and it's, additionally, an important of the 5 items of the good library treasures of the Maya that survived the Spanish Conquest.
The Popol Vuh was first transcribed within the Quiche language, ·but in Latin characters, in the course of the 16th century, by means of a few unknown yet hugely literate Quiche Maya Indian-probably from the oral traditions of his humans. This now misplaced manuscript was once copied on the finish of the 17th century via Father Francisco Ximénez, then parish priest of the village of Santo Tomás Chichicastenango within the highlands of Guatemala, this day the main celebrated and best-known Indian city in all of vital America.
The mythology, traditions, cosmogony, and historical past of the Quiché Maya, together with the chronology in their kings right down to 1550, are comparable in uncomplicated but literary variety by way of the Indian chronicler. And Adrian Recinos has made a necessary contribution to the knowledge and delight of the rfile via his thorough going advent and his id of areas and folks within the footnotes.