Destruction of the Jaguar
Destruction of the Jaguar
From the Books of Chilam Balam
Translated by Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno


Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno writes in his introduction to Destruction of the Jaguar that ""The Books of Chilam Balam are the only principal surviving texts of the ancient Maya. Written in the Mayan language but in European script, they are generally considered to be transcriptions and recompilations from memory of material originally contained in the hieroglyphic books, all of which were apparently destroyed by the Spaniards . . . As they stand now, they are a curious and fascinating combination of prophecy, history, chronology, ritual and mythology."

Here is an English translation that captures the unparalleled beauty of one of the great pre-Columbian masterpieces. This stirring, prophetic poetry haunts our own times.

Title Destruction of the Jaguar
Subtitle From the Books of Chilam Balam
Author Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 October 1987
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 104 p.
ISBN-10 0872862100
ISBN-13 9780872862104
Publication Date 01 October 1987
Main content page count 104
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $5.95
 


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