Parution : Re-Creating Primordial Time : Foundation Rituals and Mythology in the Postclassic Maya Codices

Re-Creating Primordial Time
Re-Creating Primordial Time


  • Vail, Gabrielle
  • Hernández, Christine

Résumé de l’éditeur

Re-Creating Primordial Time offers a new perspective on the Maya codices, documenting the extensive use of creation mythology and foundational rituals in the hieroglyphic texts and iconography of these important manuscripts. Focusing on both pre-Columbian codices and early colonial creation accounts, Vail and Hernández show that in spite of significant cultural change during the Postclassic and Colonial periods, the mythological traditions reveal significant continuity, beginning as far back as the Classic period. 
Remarkable similarities exist within the Maya tradition, even as new mythologies were introduced through contact with the Gulf Coast region and highland central Mexico. Vail and Hernández analyze the extant Maya codices within the context of later literary sources such as the Books of Chilam Balam, the Popol Vuh, and the Códice Chimalpopoca to present numerous examples highlighting the relationship among creation mythology, rituals, and lore. Compiling and comparing Maya creation mythology with that of the Borgia codices from highland central Mexico, Re-Creating Primordial Time is a significant contribution to the field of Mesoamerican studies and will be of interest to scholars of archaeology, linguistics, epigraphy, and comparative religions alike.


  • List of Figures ix
  • List of Tables xv
  • Preface: The Conceptual and Methodological Underpinnings of Our Study xix
  • Acknowledgments xxvii
  • 1: Introduction to the Maya Codices Appendix 1
  • 1.1. The 260-Day Ritual Calendar (Tzolk’in) 17
  • 2: Mexican Codices and Mythological Traditions 23
  • 3: Mythological Episodes Related in Maya Sources Appendix
  • 3.1. Maya Deities and Supernaturals 45
  • Appendix 3.2. Chilam Balam Texts from K’atuns 13 Ahaw and 11 Ahaw 83
  • Appendix 3.3. 4 Ahaw 8 Kumk’u in Classic Period Texts 89
  • 4: World Renewal in the Dresden Codex: The Yearbearer Ceremonies 97
  • Appendix 4.1. Deities in the Dresden Yearbearer Almanac 132
  • Appendix 4.2. Iconography and Text of the Dresden Yearbearer Almanac 138
  • Appendix 4.3. Almanac on Dresden 31b–35b 149
  • 5: Flood Episodes and Crocodilians in the Maya Codices 155
  • Appendix 5.1. Calculation of Base Dates in the Preface to the Water Tables 184
  • 6: Creation Mythology in Reference to Chaak, Chak Chel, and Mars in the Maya Codices 191
  • Appendix 6.1. Preface to Dresden Upper Seasonal Table 218
  • Appendix 6.2. Calendrical Structure, Dating, and Iconography of Borgia 27 and 28 228
  • 7: Creation Mythology in the Dresden Venus Table and Related Almanacs 229
  • Appendix 7.1. Reckoning Predictive Dates of Venus’ Visibility and Invisibility in the Dresden Venus Table 330
  • Appendix 7.2. Hieroglyphic Texts on D. 24 and 46–50 333
  • Appendix 7.3. Notes on Deities: Dresden Venus Table 339
  • 8: Madrid Yearbearer Celebrations and Creation Mythology 355
  • Appendix 8.1. Texts Associated with the Madrid Yearbearer Almanac 376
  • 9: World Renewal Ceremonies in the Madrid Codex 385
  • 10: A Reconsideration of Maya Deities Associated with Creation 411
  • Appendix 10.1. Captions to Mars Table 457
  • 11: Cosmology in the Maya Codices 461
  • References Cited 469
  • Index 493

Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : Boulder : University Press of Colorado
  • Date de parution : 2013
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XXVII-503 p.) : ill., jaquette ill. en coul. ; 24 cm
  • Notes bibliogr. Bibliogr. p. 469-492. Index
  • ISBN 978-1-60732-220-7 (rel.). – ISBN 978-1-60732-221-4 (éd. numérique)


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Olivier Jacquot (2020, 19 mars). Parution : Re-Creating Primordial Time : Foundation Rituals and Mythology in the Postclassic Maya Codices. Amoxcalli. Consulté le 24 avril 2024, à l’adresse

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Olivier Jacquot

Chargé de collections : manuscrits des fonds américains, Service des manuscrits ORientaux (SOR), département des Manuscrits (MSS), Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

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