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Title Maya folktales from the Alta Verapaz / edited by Elin C. Danien
Edition First edition
Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 102 pages :) : illustrations, 1 map
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; The Importance of Folklore; Guatemala Myths; Preface; Li Poo (The Moon) I; Li Poo (The Moon) II; The Horned Serpent; The Boy and the Sword; Duende Gifts; The Duende Girl; The Miser, the Girl, the Jar, and the Fool; The Envious Farmer; Wee Rabbit Sells a Bag of Maize; Teniendo la Pena (Holding the Stone); The Hills and the Corn; Preface; A Thing That Happened in Ancient Times Through the Stealing of Xucaneb's Daughter; Notes; Readings
Summary The dozen tales in this book were collected from Guatemalan informants early in the twentieth century recorded in the words of the storytellers. They come down to us unfiltered by anthropologists, writers, or professional folklorists. The tales make up a fascinating collection that informs in significant and creative ways how the Maya view their world and how they were engaged with the greater world around them in insightful and often humorous ways. They offer transformations, ogres, anthropomorphic animals, mountains and caves, and supernatural explanations for natural phenomena, along with the origins of modes of dress and behavior, medical rituals, and tales that carry folk interpretations of the Popul Vuh, the ancient Maya creation myth. Elin C. Danien's introductory essay includes biographical information about the collectors, suggestions of pre-Columbian roots for the tales, and a history of the previous restricted publication. Her explanations of cultural behavior enhance the human qualities of the actors without transgressing the storytellers. The early date of these tales makes the book extremely unusual and fresh
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 100-102)
Subject Kekchi Indians -- Guatemala -- Alta Verapaz -- Folklore.
Mayas -- Guatemala -- Alta Verapaz -- Folklore.
Tales -- Guatemala -- Alta Verapaz.
Alta Verapaz (Guatemala) -- Folklore.
Genre/Form Folklore.
Form Electronic book
Author Danien, Elin C.
University of Pennsylvania. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
LC no. 2005005576
ISBN 1931707774
1934536636 (electronic bk.)
9781934536636 (electronic bk.)