The myths of the Aztec and Maya derive from a shared Mesoamerican cultural culture. this can be a great deal a residing culture, and lots of of the motifs and gods pointed out in early resources are nonetheless evoked within the lore of latest Mexico and Guatemala.
Professor Taube discusses the various assets for Aztec and Maya myths. The Aztec empire started below two hundred years sooner than the Spanish conquest, and our wisdom in their mythology derives basically from local colonial files and manuscripts commissioned by way of the Spanish. The Maya mythology is much older, and our wisdom of it comes generally from local manuscripts of the vintage interval, over six hundred years earlier than the Spanish conquest.
Drawing on those assets in addition to 19th- and twentieth-century excavations and examine, together with the translation of the codices and the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing, the writer discusses, between different issues, the Popol Vuh myths of the Maya, the flood fable of Northern Yucatan, and the Aztec production myths.
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