Rise of Mayan Culture: The Popol Vuh, the Mythic and Heroic Sagas
of the Kiches of Central America By Lewis Spence. THE "Popol Vuh"
is the New World's richest mythological mine. No translation of it
has as yet appeared in English, and no adequate translation in any
European language. It has been neglected to a certain extent
because of the unthinking strictures passed upon its authenticity.
That other manuscripts exist in Guatemala than the one discovered
by Ximenes and transcribed by Scherzer and Brasseur de Bourbourg is
probable. So thought Brinton, and the present writer shares his
belief. And ere it is too late it would be well that these--the
only records of the faith of the builders of the mystic ruined and
deserted cities of Central America--should be recovered. This is
not a matter that should be left to the enterprise of individuals,
but one which should engage the consideration of interested
governments; for what is myth to-day is often history to-morrow.
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