Parution : Art and myth of the ancient Maya

Art and myth of the ancient Maya
Art and myth of the ancient Maya


  • Chinchilla Mazariegos, Oswaldo (1965-….)

Résumé de l’éditeur

This nuanced account explores Maya mythology through the lens of art, text, and culture. It offers an important reexamination of the mid-16th-century Popol Vuh, long considered an authoritative text, which is better understood as one among many crucial sources for the interpretation of ancient Maya art and myth. Using materials gathered across Mesoamerica, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos bridges the gap between written texts and artistic representations, identifying key mythical subjects and uncovering their variations in narratives and visual depictions. Central characters-including a secluded young goddess, a malevolent grandmother, a dead father, and the young gods who became the sun and the moon-are identified in pottery, sculpture, mural painting, and hieroglyphic inscriptions. Highlighting such previously overlooked topics as sexuality and generational struggles, this beautifully illustrated book paves the way for a new understanding of Maya myths and their lavish expression in ancient art

Comptes rendus

  • “An exceptionally rich and thought-provoking work that will surely prove to be a milestone in the reconstruction of ancient Maya mythology.”—H. E. M. Braakhuis, Anthropos
  • “This is an important book which will have a lasting influence on Mesoamerican scholarship and serve as a model for generations to come. It is a compelling study that will open up new areas for investigation of Maya art and new methods for research.”—Claudia Brittenham, University of Chicago
  • “Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos has crafted a provocative book that addresses key aspects of Maya mythology, its narratives, variations, and relationships to other mythic traditions across Mesoamerica. It is an important book, both for its content and its methodological approach, which is novel and timely.”—Julia Guernsey, University of Texas at Austin
  • “Impressively comprehensive in scope. . . . Revealing a rich and varied knowledge tradition, Art and Myth of the Ancient Maya is written in a manner that is accessible to undergraduates, and it should be read by every student of Mesoamerica.”— Patricia A. McAnany, American Antiquity


  • Introduction 1
  • 1 Image and Text 9
  • 2 Pictorial and Textual Sources 31
  • 3 Mesoamerican Cosmogony 53
  • 4 The Maiden 83
  • 5 The Grandmother 105
  • 6 The Suns Opponents 131
  • 7 The Sun 159
  • 8 The Perfect Youth 185
  • 9 The Father 225
  • Epilogue 239
  • Notes 243
  • Bibliography 259
  • Illustration Credits 281
  • Index 283
  • Droits d’auteur

Informations pratiques

  • Editeur : New Haven : Yale University Press
  • Date de parution : 2017
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (X, 290 pages) : ill. en noir et en coul., carte ; 26 cm
  • Comprend : Image and text ; Pictorial and textual sources ; Mesoamerican cosmogony ; The maiden ; The grandmother ; The sun’s opponents ; The sun ; The perfect youth ; The father.
  • Note(s) : Bibliogr., p. 243-280. Index
    • ISBN 9780300207170. – ISBN 0300207174 (rel)


  • PARIS-BnF : Tolbiac – Rez-de-jardin – magasin : 2017-215647
  • PARIS-Médiathèque MQB

Citer ce billet
Olivier Jacquot (2022, 6 septembre). Parution : Art and myth of the ancient Maya. Amoxcalli. Consulté le 28 février 2024, à l’adresse

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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