Mayan Folktales

Mayan Folktales Folklore from Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Hardback (28 Feb 1999)

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Synopsis

This collection of folklore offers a rich and lively panorama of Mayan mythic heritage. Here are everyday tales of village life; legends of witches, shamans, spiritualists, tricksters, and devils; fables of naguales, or persons who can change into animal forms; ribald stories of love and life; cautionary tales of strange and menacing neighbors and of the danger lurking within the human heart. These legends narrate origin and creation stories, explain the natural world, and reinforce cultural beliefs and values such as honesty, industriousness, sharing, fairness, and cleverness. Whether tragic or comic, fantastic or earthy, whimsical or profound, these tales capture the mystery, fragility, and power of the Mayan world.

Book information

ISBN: 9780826321046
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Imprint: University of New Mexico Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 398.20972816
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 265
Weight: 486g
Height: 237mm
Width: 154mm
Spine width: 27mm