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The Flayed God: The Mesoamerican Mythological Tradition

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Roberta and Peter Markman take us into a fierce and breathtakingly wondrous world of were-jaguars, obsidian butterflies, feathered serpents, snake women, and living skeletons - the world of the Popol Vuh of the Quiche Maya; Tlaltecuhtli, the Earth Monster; Chichen Itza; and the mysterious fall of the great city of Teotihuacan. This stunning collection of original tales, le ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 28th 1994 by Harpercollins (first published January 1992)
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Naomi Ruth
I have some mixed feelings about this book. It was good. But, honestly? It was too long. The images and their notes were fabulous. There was some great information, good sources. But sometimes their introduction to each chapter just dragged and felt like it took forever and they would explain too much about the excerpts, or at least I felt like it, but maybe because I have a fairly high comprehension level and I've studied a lot of mythology/religion stuff? I also struggled a little bit with the ...more
David
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Literature professors Roberta and Peter Markman crafted in the 1990s a seminal volume for the study of Mesoamerican religious texts and art. A follow-up to the California couple’s Masks of the Spirit, this sprawling volume applied the tools of textual analysis to a wide range of images and translated native writing.

The Flayed God: The Mesoamerican Mythological Tradition brings together a host of translations of Spanish and native-language documents from just before and right after the Conquest,
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Justinian
2016-08 - The Flayed God: The Mesoamerican Mythological Tradition. Roberta H. Markman (Author), Peter T. Markman (Author) 1992. 456 Pages.

Part of my self-directed study into Mesoamerican religion. This book surprised. I was actually uncertain and expected either a new age mumbo jumbo or a focus on the gory aspects given that Xipe Totec wear flayed human skins. The book was a sober, academic text. It did a fair job of surveying Mesoamerican religious thought through the use of myths. It began wi
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Alan Bach
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
As a resource for Mesoamerican mythological information, this book deserves at least 4 stars. It gives good context for the symbolism present in the events of the stories. Unfortunately for it, I rate based on enjoyment/helpfulness of the book rather than how good it is as a global resource, and while it isn't the book's fault many of the stories of the Mesoamericans are kind of a jumbled mess (whether they were originally like that or we only have fragments that leaves many things out of contex ...more
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