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Uniform Title Rabinal-Achí. English
Title Rabinal Achi : a Mayan drama of war and sacrifice / translated and interpreted by Dennis Tedlock
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 361 pages) : illustrations
Contents Part 1: Rabinal Achi or dance of the trumpets -- Part 2: Mayan history onstage and behind the scenes -- Chapter 1: Kings and captives -- Chapter 2: History as a performing art -- Chapter 3: Under Spanish rule -- Chapter 4: Scripts and voices -- Chapter 5: The play enacted
Summary In the ancient Mayan drama Rabinal Achi, a rebel warrior is captured by the ruler of an enemy city-state and faces his certain death at court. In the dialogue that evolves the warrior dances a dance of death, makes psychic leaps to his homeland and demands a series of requests from his captors to reconcile his death far from his homeland. Tedlock presents the first direct translation from Quiche Maya to English of "Rabinal Achi". The significance of the play is great to scholars and to lay persons as a partial history, by Mayans, of their culture, and as a revelation of the ancient ritual and beliefs toward the nature of sacrifice. It is one of the few surviving pieces of Native American drama from the pre-Columbian period in the form of an intact script
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-361)
Notes Print version record
Subject Rabinal-Achí.
Quiché drama -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Tedlock, Dennis, 1939-2016.
ISBN 1280481293
1423746384 (electronic bk.)
9781423746386 (electronic bk.)