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Religion - Popol Vuh
ritual was elaborate and imposing, with frequent festival occasions in
honour of the gods of the winds, the rain, the cardinal points, the
harvest, of birth, death, and war, with special honours to the deified
national heroes Itzamn and Kukulcan.
According mayan religion history, the whole country was dotted with
temples, usually great stone-built pyramids, while certain places - as the
sacred city of Izamal and the island of Cozumel - were places of
There was a special "feast of all the gods". The prevailing
mildness of the Mayan religion cult was in strong contrast to the bloody ritual of
Human sacrifice was forbidden by Kukulcan, and crept in only in
later years. It was never a frequent or prominent feature, excepting at
Chichen-Itza , where it at least became customary, on occasion of some
great national crisis, to sacrifice hundreds of voluntary victims of their
own race, frequently virgins, by drowning them in one of the
subterranean rock wells or cenotes, after which the bodies were drawn
out and buried.
Popol Vuh - The Sacred Book of the Mayan religion - Creational Story
The Popol Vuh, preserved in various transcriptions since
the 16th century, was lost for many years and rediscovered.
A simplified version of the complex text is now available in English and Spanish.
The Popol Vuh is the creation story of the Maya. Mayan religion center.
Below is one part of this
story that recounts the first attempts of the creator, Heart of Sky to make
humans. The story goes on to explain that the final attempt, that resulted in the
"True people" was accomplished by constructing people with maize.
This is a
very reasonable explanation since, in essence, it was the cultivation of maize
that gave the early Maya culture the means to change from hunters gatherers
to their highly advanced civilization.
"They came together in darkness to think and reflect. This is how
they came to decide on the right material for the creation of man. . . .
Then our Makers Tepew and Q'uk'umatz began discussing the creation of our
first mother and father. Their flesh was made of white and yellow corn.
The arms and legs of the four men were made of corn meal."
So goes the story of creation from the Maya sacred book, the 'Popol Vuh'.
It is believed that the Maya book of creation was first written in
hieroglyphics. After the Spanish conquest of the Yucatan, indigenous
people were persecuted and most Mayan books were burned. But the stories
were passed along orally.
In 1558, a Maya transcribed the Popol Vuh into the Quiche language.
Almost two centuries later, a priest, Father Francisco Ximenez, found the
manuscript in his church in Chichicastenango, Guatemala and translated it
into Spanish. For almost a century, the manuscript was lost. But it was
rediscovered and eventually the bark-paper folding book was transferred
to the Newberry Library in Chicago, where it is today.
Like most ancient scriptures, one of the problems with the Popol Vuh
is that the original text was difficult to understand. A handful of
translations for adults have been published since the Popol Vuh was first
made accessible to the public in the 1980s. Now, a long-awaited version
of the Popol Vuh adapted especially for children has been published and
is being distributed throughout the United States and Latin America.
"Popol Vuh: A Sacred Book of the Maya" marks the first attempt to
provide a simplified yet authoritative version of the Maya creation story
for children and adults who are unfamiliar with the indigenous civilization.
The new adaptation, which is being published in English and Spanish,
could become an important learning tool for the estimated 20,000 Maya
living in Southern California. Most are Catholic, but some blend
Christian teachings with indigenous rituals and beliefs. Some
traditionalists practice what they call "Maya spirituality," a faith that
embraces nature's elements and includes meditation, ceremonial dance and
other indigenous rituals.
When scores of Maya fled Guatemala's civil war in the 1980s and came
to Southern California, many brought their blend of indigenous and
Christian beliefs to their new home.
An estimated 1 million Maya are believed to
have been killed during the country's civil war. Many were village elders
who were passing the oral traditions to younger generations, Montejo
"For decades, the Maya tried to hide their culture because they were
targets of persecution.
Although many Maya found refuge in Southern California, they also
discovered that some Catholic priests and church officials rejected their
indigenous religious beliefs as paganism and witchcraft. Montejo said the
treatment resembled what they had encountered in their native country.
Many missionaries who came to Guatemala tended to think their
religion was the only one. They should read the Popol Vuh carefully and
learn to respect our religious beliefs.
More recently, as the Central American immigrant population has
surged, the Los Angeles Archdiocese has become more tolerant of Maya
rituals and traditions, even organizing a procession earlier this year
for the country's patron saint, the Lord of Esquipulas.
churches, which have amassed a strong following in Guatemala, have been
more resistant to the indigenous beliefs, said Aldana.
"It seems the evangelical churches in Guatemala are not supportive of
Maya religion, at all," she said. "It's my understanding you have to
reject those indigenous beliefs if you want to join their churches."
The validity of the Popol Vuh has long been in doubt. But in 1997 the
discovery of a stone frieze inside a 1,500-year-old temple in the
southern Mexican state of Chiapas bolstered the theory that the book was
written by Indian converts to Christianity who wanted to preserve the
religious texts that had been passed down orally or through Mayan
Acceptance of the Popol Vuh as the true story of creation varies among
Guatemalans depending on their religious upbringing and beliefs. Although
the tale has parallels with many other creation stories, including
Genesis, some Guatemalan Catholics classify the Popol Vuh as an artifact
of history, not theology.
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Hello, There is a slight inaccuracy in your details. For example, the word Maya refers to the Maya people. However, the use of the word Mayan refers to the language the Maya speak. Therefore, the Maya spoke Mayan is an accurate term. The Mayan did blood-letting is an inaccurate term because a language does not blood let.. Sorry to be a bother but I am a student of Professor Peter Mathews who is a leading Maya archaeologist and one of the 6 people that helped to decipher the Maya hieroglyphs. I hope this information helps.
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The first few paragraphs helped me a lot, but then it goes into present day. I don't care about present day, I need the history.
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The 8 page essay is due tomorrow and I'm just starting it...ARG
. I need mayan religon for school and this crap does me no good? A "Creational Story" so much for an 8 page essay _
this mayan stuff i have to do for school
btw, try to put the date of revision in as well and/or who wrote this, if applicable, so people can cite it (;
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it doesn't help with anything.
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i need to know what religion the mayans where!!!!
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whatever life is, 22/10:
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. This site was considerably helpful in my studies, it contributed some intersting details to my other findings.
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Tomas & Carolyn, 22/03:
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Me , 09/03:
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uhm. what is the whole popol vuh book about ? i read the information and it doesnt make any sense. and how does this book help the mayan people ?
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Sorry I can't spell to save my life
. Did you know at one of the temp one day a year the light is captures and turned in the form of a snake, also the mayan had a very acerated caledander
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All the comments you have left, have nothing to do with Mayan Religion which is what we were here for.
Save the chit chat for myspace.
this is 4 j-, 09/02:
look down to see who j is.
. To "j"--- i am in high school, going 2 collage probably at Temple or Penn, and I can understand your words and what this web site is saying. I agree with you that little children should not say "rude" words, but you should not say "rude" words also. This web site is only here to help people study the ancient mayan culture. I was trying to do reserch for a HUGE project but having this comment area made me forget about my studys untill now. I am suprised a fine web-site has an area to put 'spam' on it. Cheerio.
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It was really interesting since I had to research it for history. I am from Trinidad and Tobago and we don't have grades but forms and standards. I am in form 1 and I must say this was indeed interesting. I don't know what's everyone's problem.
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it helped me by answering my questions
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And how is it creepy to be disgusted with ignorance? And nobody said school's the only way to go, you're putting words in my mouth. I am referring to people who don't have ANY education, more than anything, because they choose to be that way and then put it into context on an educational webpage, like they just did.
. authors are humans too and equally as biased as are you
devin lister , 29/11:
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oh and nice job on the page.
. I am an anthropology major and will soon be attending Arizona State University, one of the top three in the country in the subject along with Cal Berkeley and Florida State. Needless to say, these uneducated f/cks who talk sh1t likely can't even comprehend all of the words written on this page. Let alone have they even likely stepped foot on a college campus before (or even a high school diploma for that matter). Honestly, what place in life do people like that have and what could possibly come out of their mouth that merits any sort of value whatsoever?
Not to mention, why are they on here in the first place??? Again people, place in life...
haha. great comments to read in social studies :)
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nobody will know, 09/11:
the info was great, but whats with some of the comments
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by the way this site practicall has all the info i need
. the one with the f should write it in his own words, so he can tell the meaning, other than that this site is great thanx alot for the info
the one with the F, 11/10:
i got info from this site and ihad to present it to my class, the teacher starting asking me all of these questions and i didnt know the answers. Thanks alot guys...
Live for Love, 01/10:
This site is really great but I dont think all of the comments should be shown. I think it would be a good idea to screen what you put on the web site.
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does it have anywhere on it when it was last updated or who made it?
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girvit boy, 25/05:
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don't you clowns have anything else better to do (by the way good info)
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total noobie, 11/05:
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Don't listen to those jerks, i found you site very helpful with the information. Thanks.
mrs burROWS (the gangsta), 28/04:
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josh tobin, 12/04:
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incas rule harder than mayas, 11/04:
dude this site is so cool i wish i could make a site like this because it is so cool, however i have to say that incas are way coler than maya's i mean they like killed people and stuff
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im the same guy as the four after me, 31/03:
Actually this website isn't that bad if i ever figure out who the Mayans were
im the same guy as the two after me, 31/03:
srry about my speling
Someone who doen\'s get this website, 31/03:
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I see people, 30/03:
I can see Eric Loveland, Brandon Rauch, and Traci. hahahaha
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basura , 28/03:
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Spanish Class, 28/03:
I can see Eric Loveland.
Eagle fire, 15/03:
This site was pretty good helped out with my history research who ever wrote it thanks a bunch
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Da Rocka, 20/02:
Hey thanx!!! This site helped me big time on Mayan religion. Thanx to you guys I finished my religion section in 5 minutes. Awesome site but add more pics. Thanx a million!!
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drop an anvil, 05/02:
woot this site was gold it had tons more info than my text book! Way awsome dudes now i can write my essay
MAYA. YU KNOW IT. my niiga., 27/01:
thanxso effin much its help out alot.
matias r, 11/01:
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I agree with Raintorm
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my search was to find the ancient ruins with codices especially estela 5 and i found a wolrd of information about the mayans. thank you for your efforts in creating this web page.
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My name, 04/10:
Thanx for the info . . . im gonna pass now
miss Squeaks, 22/09:
yeah really nice pictures, i hope I will get an a on this project considering i don't know anything about Mayan history.l Thanks a thousand times for thae information.
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I have to agree with someone but the information really was nice but pictures really would make your website a lot more lively
Jack Clark, 26/05:
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Loving the site. Great information displayed here. I've got a diversity project on the Mayan culture due in about two days and this stuff is excellent for my religion section. Thanks man!
someone , 09/05:
hey person who owns the web site you need to put some pictures in this site.i have a project on the maya due in 14 hrs. and cant find any pics on their religion.
Thank you very much for this info, it was very helpful for me!