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Popol Vuh

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  2,997 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
Con la gracia y la sabiduría de las fábulas clásicas, el Popol Vuh es el más precioso legado, mítico y teológico, de la antigüedad americana. La primera parte relata el origen del mundo y la creación del hombre; la segunda parte, las hazañas de los héroes míticos Hunahpú e Ixbalanqué: ambas testimonian el grado de adelanto y calidad espiritual de la cultura que originó la ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Panamericana Editorial (first published 1715)
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Can you really rate something like the Popol Vuh?
Mar 06, 2014 Balam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was taking aback by the amount of bad reviews the kiddies are giving this awesome book. Even as a kid myself I loved the stories and the characters. It transported me to a world full of heroes, powerful lords, Kings, and princesses. As an adult I could see the spirituality behind it. The beauty in the simplicity of the text, and the stories of how humans came into being according to Mayan mythology.

Joseph Campbell, in his "Hero's Journey" draws parallels between the Twin brothers Hun Ah'pu an
Sep 05, 2011 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allen J. Christenson has given us a brilliant translation (packed with very helpful notes) of the Popol Vuh, the Sacred Book of the Quiché Maya, the "book that pertains to the mat." The "mat" is the royal throne upon which the king gave counsel to his people, with the fibers symbolizing the interlaced community remembered in the text.

This is a personal book for me, because if family legend is to be believed, the distant ancestors of my Ecuadorian relatives might have come through the area of Gua
Jul 22, 2011 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I re-read this book with a writing group and still find it amazing. The hero twins on the road to Xibalba. It is a dark creation myth that partially follows Joseph Campbell's heroic journey, but there are corners of Mayan consciousness that remain impenetrable. It presents a fascinating world laden with imagery and symbolism that defy our comprehension. What a shame that this world was virtually destroyed first by European viruses and later by European arrogance in the guise of Christianity and ...more
Quentin Crisp
I realised, looking at this book today, that I'd finished it and not made a record of my having done so, therefore I don't know on what day I finished it, and will simply record it as today's date.

The edition I read (in case this review shows up under different editions), is that of Lewis Spence, published by The Book Tree. A warning for those looking for a definitive edition of the text: this isn't it, being not a translation, as such, but more a summary of the text with background cultural and
Mercurio Cadena
A very interesting cosmogony. There are some common points with Christianity, such as a virgin who gets pregnant by Spirits, and the fact that men were created from mud (yet, in the maya myth, this was just the first attempt from the gods to create mankind, which ended, by the way, as a failed attempt. Their final creation was made from corn).

A must in cosmogony.
Barbara Bradley
Aug 13, 2014 Barbara Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the good fortune of reading the "Popol Vuh" under the tutelage of Dennis himself, and there really is no way to describe the detail and the power of the text. I highly recommend to pay special attention to every single symbol, every picture in the book (no matter how small or minor) because each one bears an important insight into the Mayan culture. For example, on page 107 there is a picture of a dancing monkey with quill pins bunched atop his head. The Maya consider monkeys to be their p ...more
Michael Justine
I can summarize my reading experience of this book for my world literature class in one word: boring.
Apr 15, 2016 Coleccionista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mayas
"Este es el primer libro pintado antaño pero su faz está oculta al que ve"

El libro sagrado de los Mayas al igual que la Biblia habla de la creación del mundo y del hombre. Sorprenden sus similitudes con la Biblia como la historia de la destrucción del hombre de madera por un gran diluvio. Los primeros 4 capítulos son sencillos y resultan predecibles debido a la biblia y a otros cuentos donde la palabra crea vida y los animales hablan y no. A partir del capítulo 7 la historia tiene bastante acció
Bryn Donovan
Oct 15, 2013 Bryn Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I guess most ancient mythologies are crazypants, and this one seems even more so because the culture is so unfamiliar. So things happen like: a guy gets killed and they bury his skull, and a calabash tree grows up from the skull but one of the calabashes is actually this guy's head, and a lady comes by and this head spits into her hand and she gets pregnant with twins. It's pretty amazing.

The creation of humans in this book begins with a few failed attempts, which wind up being monkeys and othe
Otra versión de la creación del mundo. Historias muy crudas en donde se dejan ver los rituales, la estructura de sociedad y la guerra por el poder de esta cultura Maya. La adoración a sus dioses y las fábulas son verdaderamente hermosas. Esta puede ser la historia verídica del origen de la vida, aunque quién sabe. Nadie sabe nada.
Dario Alioscha
Aug 29, 2012 Dario Alioscha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es muy importante conocer nuestra cosmogonía, la mitología maya. Como pensaban nuestros origen y argumentación en este mundo para justificarlo. Los relatos son originales, auténticos. El hombre hecho de maíz, los gemelos que derrotan a los señores del Xibalba, la visión de la naturaleza donde los animales jugaban diferentes roles en las culturas precolombinas, que van desde, las hormigas que roban las flores sagradas, El hombre jaguar, y todo esto que tiene un misticismo lleno de magia, impregna ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Carolina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Había leído este libro hace 3 años, e ignorando mucho del contexto histórico que aprendí posteriormente en los libros de Graham Hancock, le di una calificación muy pobre (una estrella). Ahora, con cierta noción histórica y la mente mucho más abierta, lo volví a leer y pude comprender el valor de estos relatos.
Oct 04, 2015 Coleccionista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La creación del mundo según los Mayas, en realidad es bastante bueno. Si les gusta la Iliada, creo les gustará y les sorprenderá este libro.
Natasha P.
Sep 15, 2016 Natasha P. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: al-tacto
Es sorprendente lo semejante que puede llegar a ser el popol vuh en ciertas partes... "Se convirtieron en seres terribles y sin almas, y por eso hubo un diluvio universal, para exterminar al hombre de madera"... ¿les recuerda algo? ¿La biblia? tal vez, bueno, a mi eso no me pareció coincidencia. Cuando los mares se separaron y los habitantes quichés pasaron entre ellos, eso no puede ser otra simple casualidad.

Ahora como es posible que poblaciones tan separadas e ideologías tan distantes tengan t
Jul 12, 2014 Bbrown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Popol Vuh-
The Mayan creation myths are not just entertaining to read, but provide a fascinating look at Mayan culture and history as well, through the dimly remembered prehistory of the people up until their conquest by the Spanish. Popol Vuh doesn’t merely sketch out a story of creation that occurred in the distant past, it links that creation all the way through the time of the European invasion of the Americas and the effective end of Mayan supremacy; it’s as if the Prose and Poetic Eddas we
The introduction and notes in the edition I read were an excellent guide to a culture I am fairly ignorant of. Translator Dennis Tedlock did an great job at explaining the nuances of the cultural significance of the myths.

I found it particularly interesting that most of the stories in the Popol Vuh can be linked to specific astronomical/calendrical events. An incredibly complex and sophisticated world-view.

The journeys of the hero-gods into the underworld realm of Xibalba were both funny and hor
Jan 30, 2010 Gawain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The "Mayan Bible", or more accurately the Quiché Bible. Absent a law code, it is divided into two parts, a Genesis, and a Chronicle of kings. But what I find remarkable is that the stories of the "Genesis" section are not myths in the Western sense -- stories rooted in psychology. Rather they are stories rooted in _astronomy_. It is believed that the Popol Vuh would have represented an interpretation of a hidden book, and that this hidden book would have in fact been a complex astronomical chart ...more
Jan 07, 2013 Kerim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Refreshing and engaging look at one of the best preserved accounts of the earliest complete work of literature as recorded from oral tradition, allowing a spectacular look into the cosmological, social, and lingual mind of the ancient Maya. Don't just read a bunch of misinformed misinterpretations of their calendar by whichever "expert" thinks whatever new disaster will happen this year, and because the often dry thick archaeological literature that I read as an archaeology masters student is no ...more
Rick Davis
How awesome is the Popul Vuh?

How many mythologies do you know that have two foundational gods who are soccer playing boys who change their older brothers into monkeys? Who challenge the Lords of the Underworld to a ball game for their lives? Who become traveling stage magicians in order to trick those dark gods into having their hearts cut out, thus ending their reign once and for all?

Yeah, it's a pretty cool book.
María Greene
Oct 17, 2015 María Greene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este texto realmente me gustó, porque... creo que es un privilegio poder leerlo y, a diferencia de otros textos místicos, sobre la creación del mundo nuestra naturaleza, tiene un lenguaje bastante sencillo y amable.

Siempre hay algo íntimo en leer los libros religiosos de una cultura, es como entrar en lo más recóndito del corazón humano, las viejas preguntas de a dónde vamos, por qué somos, cuál es nuestro origen y etcétera, que todavía nadie puede contestar con seguridad, que yo sepa. Se me lle
Jul 12, 2015 Darrell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
"There came the ones called Chiselers of Faces, who gouged out their eyes. There came Death Knives, which cut off their heads. There came Crouching Jaguar, who ate their flesh. There came Striking Jaguar, who struck them. They smashed their bones and their tendons."

The Popul Vuh is the Quiche Maya story of creation. The gods began to create by naming things and they destroy their first attempts at creating humans with a flood because they didn't quite get it right. Since this was written after t
Sep 22, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vi aquí un comentario muy atinado que reproduciré: ¿realmente se puede calificar una obra como el Popol Vuh? :)
Cristina López
Jun 20, 2009 Cristina López rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are uxe‘ ojer tzij
waral K‘iche‘ ub‘i‘.
xchiqatz‘ib‘aj wi
xchiqatikib‘a‘ wi ojer tzij,
uxe‘nab‘al puch rnojel xb‘an pa
tinamit K‘iche‘
ramaq‘ K‘iche‘ winaq. "This is the root of the ancient word
of this place called Quiché.
we shall write,
we shall plant the ancient word,
the origin
the beginning of all what has been done in the
Quiché Nation
country of the Quiché people."
Leah Ixchel
Nov 21, 2010 Leah Ixchel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am of full Mayan decent but have never got a true understanding of any sort of the culture since I'm adopted and no longer reside in my hometown back in Guatemala. This book was just what I needed to begin my journey in learning about the culture I had lost. I loved Popul Vuh but found the English version dreadful compared to the Spanish version, so I wouldn't reccomend the English translation.
Eslam Mohamed
When we talk about Bizarre , Mysterious and non-usual Books , We can't miss with this Historical Book ...

Popol Vuh" covers the entire span of Mayan history and mythology—taken straight from the mouths of the 16th-century Maya.
In the early 1700s, a Dominican priest named Francisco Ximenez journeyed into the heart of the Mayan civilization and began transcribing Popol Vuh, which means “Book of the People.” Ximenez’s original text was written in two columns —one for the original K’iche’, the lang
Feb 14, 2016 mwr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythos, 33-34, belize, mayan
There is some really good stuff here.
Victor QM
Y muchos se preguntan: ¿Cómo calificar un libro como el Popol Vuh?
En realidad no sé si podemos, si debemos o simplemente es una veneración absurda.

Con el simple hecho de saber que tiene influencia española en mi opinión pierde algo de su valor. Sin embargo, se logra entrever un poco de todas estas creencias que imperaban en la cultura Quiché.

Entonces, podemos tomar en este libro como una forma de conquista. Una forma en que los españoles pudieron conocer un poco a lo que se enfrentaron y de inf
Erin Fanning
Feb 26, 2015 Erin Fanning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in mythology or Mesoamerican literature.
David Boubion
It seems to have some characteristics and similarities to the Catholic bible! One example is the creation of the earth in seven days. Overall, a really great read for anyone who is interested or fascinated by Mayan or any mesoamerican civilization's history and ideologies.
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“The first men to be created and formed were called the Sorcerer of Fatal Laughter, the Sorcerer of Night, Unkempt, and the Black Sorcerer … They were endowed with intelligence, they succeeded in knowing all that there is in the world. When they looked, instantly they saw all that is around them, and they contemplated in turn the arc of heaven and the round face of the earth … [Then the Creator said]: 'They know all … what shall we do with them now? Let their sight reach only to that which is near; let them see only a little of the face of the earth!… Are they not by nature simple creatures of our making? Must they also be gods?” 397 likes
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