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Joshua J. Mark recommended this book on 06 July 2012
The Popol Vuh is a religious text of the Maya people. Written down between 1701 and 1703 by the Spanish priest Francisco Ximenez, from much older source material, the book tells the story of the creation of the world, of human beings, and of the great adventures of the Hero Twins Hunahpu and Xbalanche. Dennis Tedlock's translation has become the most popular version of the book in English because of its accessibility and style. The story of the Hero Twins and their journey to the underworld of Xibalba to battle the forces of darkness and death is told with excellent pacing and progression. The musical tone of the words, so important in Mayan speech, is preserved in this translation so that, read aloud, one has the impression of hearing a Maya daykeeper recite the old stories. The work includes select drawings and photographs and is highly recommended whether one is interested in the Maya or simply in reading a good story well told.