Popol Vuh


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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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Purportedly the cacophonous outpourings of an experimental noise band formed by a bunch of disgruntled West Berlin session musicians in the late 1970s, the determinedly lo-fi recording--which vaguely echoes the likes of Can, Popol Vuh, and, of course, Faust--initially appeared to be the product of an obscure, defunct collective almost too cultish to be for real.
Other important Maya texts from Yucatan and Guatemala include the Xiu Chronicle, the Chronicle of Chicxulub, the Title of Yaxkukul (Restall 1998), the Popol Vuh (Pop Wuj) (Chavez 1979, Tedlock 1985, and many other translations), the Annals of the Cakchiquels, the Title of the Lords of Totonicapan (Recinos 1950, 1953), and the Rabinal Achi (Monterde 1979).
In his view, this stone codex alludes to the appearance of the Fourth Era, or the Corn Era, whose history is set forth in the Popol Vuh, or Book of Counsel, a sacred book of the Quiche Maya.
The story of the origins of the Maya are recorded in Popol Vuh, the community book of the traditions and myths of the highland Quiche inhabitants of Middle America.
Her probing debut memoir contains seven sections and roughly follows the path to the underworld set out in the Mayan creation legend, "Popol Vuh." According to this story, the twins (moon and sun) venture into the underworld, Xibalba, to rescue their father who is trapped there --suggesting the somewhat convoluted trajectory of Guerrero's memoir as she also searches for her own father.
Michael Bazzett, The Popol Vuh, Milkweed Editions, 2018.