The Popol Vuh is the most important example of Maya literature to
have survived the Spanish conquest. It is also one of the world's
great creation accounts, comparable to the beauty and power of
Genesis. Most previous translations have relied on Spanish versions
rather than the original K'iche'-Maya text. Based on ten years of
research by a leading scholar of Maya literature, this translation
with extensive notes is uniquely faithful to the original language.
Retaining the poetic style of the original text, the translation is
also remarkably accessible to English readers. Illustrated with
more than eighty drawings, photographs, and maps, Allen J.
Christenson's authoritative version brings out the richness and
elegance of this sublime work of literature, comparable to such
epic masterpieces as the Ramayana and Mahabharata of India or the
Iliad and Odyssey of Greece.
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