Time and Reality in the Thought of the Maya

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Author: Leon-Portilla, Miguel (1926- )

Year: 1973

Publisher: Beacon Press

Place: Boston


xv+176 pages with map, figures, plates, appendix, bibliography and index. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 3/4") issued in cream and red with embossed pictorial on front cover and gilt lettering to spine. Foreword by J Eric S Thompson. Appendix by Alfonso Villa Rojas. Translated by Charles L Boiles and Fernando Horcasitas. First published as Tiempo y relaidad en el pensamiento maya, Mexico (1968). 1st American edition.

Like no other people in history, the ancient Maya of Cental America were obsessed with the study of time. Their sages framed its cycles with tireless exactitude. Yet the Maya preoccupation with time was not limited to mathematical calendrics; it has be a key - though little understood - trait in the evolution of their culture. In this study, Leon-Portilla probes the question: What did time really mean for the ancient Maya - in terms of their mythology, religious though, world view and everyday life? In his analysis of various Maya texts and computations, he reveals one of the most elaborate efforts of the human mind to penetrate the secrets of existence.


Light edge wear. Jacket corners and spine ends chipped, 2 inch closed tear at front heal corner with a tear at edge and creases else a very good copy in about a very good jacket.

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