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Popol Vuh

 (pō-pōl′ vo͞o′)
n.
An epic first written down in the sixteenth century but probably based on older traditional material, describing the cosmogony, mythology, and history of the Quiché Maya of Guatemala.

[Quiché Maya, Book of the Community : popol, together, common house (from pop, to gather, join) + vuh, paper, book.]
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Refreshingly McCoppin does include some bona fide botanical heroes in this chapter, including the Sumerian hero Gilgamesh and myths from the Zuni Native Americans and the Maya Popul Vuh.
The Gulf of Mexico has been navigated by Arawak and Mayan and Mississippian peoples, by Columbus and Cortes and Cabeza de Vaca, by slave ships and by refugees of slavery and white supremacy, by US marines invading both Mexico and Cuba, by drug traffickers and petroleum industries in a long process of globalization and localized resistance, and by climatic forces like the deity Hurakan who activated our deepest origins in the Popul Vuh.
This anthology collects literature from the Western tradition from the ancient world to the 1600s, and includes the traditions of epic poetry from Homer to Milton, as well as the New World epic Popul Vuh in this edition, a new translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh, and new selections from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Qur'an.
Por consiguiente, ya desde el Popul Vuh en America Latina, lo que fue nuestro origen cultural es destino, y sera muy diferente al europeo.
Holly Rogers examined the filmic relationship between music and image in revealing the dynamic between the opera that Fitzcarraldo plays and the music of Popul Vuh that often accompanies scenes of the forest and Indians.
In Egyptian cosmology wind is older than time; in Genesis, wind moves over water before the horizon separates earth and sky; in the Popul Vuh wind blows over a stopped sun and moon to kick-start the Mayan fourth creation.
The biblical hurricane is a clear, direct reference to a Mayan deity, Hurakan and the book he emerges from: The Popul Vuh.
He examines such absence in the diary of Columbus' first voyage and William Carlos William's "The Discovery of the Indes," the Popul Vuh and I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Alvar Nunez Cabeza da Vaca's Account, Leoncio Evita's When the Combes Fought and Jose Marti's "Our America," and Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera.
The Popul Vuh describes how twin brothers, the gods of maize, were playing on the first ball court--which, unfortunately, happened to be located directly above Xibalba, the underworld kingdom also known as The Place of Fear and Awe.
Even if you have only a slight acquaintance with Mayan culture, you may have heard the creation story from the Popul Vuh, in which the Forefathers first made people from mud, only to find they could not stand.
Researchers said that the ancient legend, described in part in the sacred book Popul Vuh, tells of a tortuous journey through oozing blood, bats, and spiders, that souls had to make in order to reach Xibalba, the underworld.
According to their sacred books, the Popul Vuh and the Chilam Balaam, they are actually made from maiz.