An Epoch of Miracles: Oral Literature of the Yucatec Maya by Allan F. Burns PDF

By Allan F. Burns

"Mr. Allan Burns, i'm right here to inform you an instance, the instance of the Hunchbacks." So stated Paulino Yamá, traditionalist and storyteller, to Allan Burns, anthropologist and linguist, as he begun one tale that came across its method into this book.

Paulino Yamá used to be only one of numerous grasp storytellers from the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico from whom Burns discovered not just the Mayan language but additionally the fashion and function of myths, tales, riddles, prayers, and different kinds of speech in their humans. the result's An Epoch of Miracles, a superbly readable but completely scholarly set of translations from the oral literature of the Yucatec Maya, a massive New global culture by no means prior to systematically described.

An Epoch of Miracles brings us over thirty-five lengthy narratives of items huge, small, unusual, and "regular" and as many pleasant brief items, similar to chook lore, riddles, and definitions of anteaters, rainbows, and different commonplaces of the Mayan international. listed below are profound narratives of the Feathered Serpent, the potent Rain God Chac and his helpers, and the mysterious cult of the conversing move. yet simply because those are smooth, "Petroleum Age" Maya,
here too are a dialogue with Cuba's Fidel Castro and a greeting to former president Richard Nixon.

All items are translated ethnopoetically; examples of numerous genres are
presented bilingually.  An in particular necessary function is the indication of functionality kind, equivalent to pauses and voice caliber, given with every one piece.

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