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By Mary Ellen Miller

The myths and ideology of the nice pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica have baffled and involved outsiders ever because the Spanish Conquest. but, in the past, no single-volume advent has existed to behave as a advisor to this labyrinthine symbolic world.

The Gods and emblems of old Mexico and the Maya is the first-ever English-language dictionary of Mesoamerican mythology and faith. approximately three hundred entries, from accession to yoke, describe the most gods and logos of the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Maya, Teotihuacanos, Mixtecs, Toltecs, and Aztecs. themes diversity from jaguar and jester gods to reptile eye and rubber, from production money owed and sacred areas to ritual practices corresponding to bloodletting, confession, dance, and pilgrimage. additionally, introductory essays offer succinct money owed of Mesoamerican historical past and faith, whereas a considerable bibliographical survey directs the reader to unique assets and up to date discussions. Dictionary entries are illustrated with photos and in particular commissioned line drawings. Mary Miller and Karl Taube draw on their study within the fast-changing box of Maya reviews, and at the most up-to-date Mexican discoveries, to supply an authoritative paintings that might function a regular reference for college students, students, and tourists. photos and illustrations all through

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