By Marc Zender
This obtainable, state of the art assessment of Mayan hieroglyphics and cosmology additionally serves as a tribute to 1 of the field's so much famous pioneers.
The middle of this ebook specializes in the present research of Mayan hieroglyphics as encouraged by way of the lately deceased Mayanist Linda Schele. As writer or coauthor of greater than two hundred books or articles at the Maya, Schele served because the leader disseminator of data to most people approximately this old Mesoamerican tradition, just like the best way Margaret Mead brought anthropology and the folk of Borneo to the English-speaking world.
Twenty-five participants provide scholarly writings on topics starting from the ritual functionality of public house on the Olmec website and the gardens of the nice Goddess at Teotihuacan to the certainty of Jupiter in Maya astronomy and the that means of the water throne of Quirigua Zoomorph P. The workshops on Maya heritage and writing that Schele performed in Guatemala and Mexico for the highland humans, glossy descendants of the Mayan civilization, are completely addressed as is the phenomenon termed "Maya mania"—the explosive progress of curiosity in Maya epigraphy, iconography, astronomy, and cosmology that Schele influenced. An appendix offers a bibliography of Schele's guides and a suite of Scheleana, written stories of "the Rabbit girl" by means of a few of her colleagues and students.
Of curiosity to pros in addition to generalists, this assortment will stand as a marker of the nation of Mayan experiences on the flip of the twenty first century and as a tribute to the extraordinary character who guided a wide a part of that archaeological examine for greater than decades.
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