Rabinal Achi: A Fifteenth-Century Maya Dynastic Drama

Author:   Alain Breton ,  Teresa Lavender Fagan ,  Robert Schneider
Publisher:   University Press of Colorado
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9780870818738


Pages:   416
Publication Date:   01 June 2007
Format:   Paperback
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The Rabinal Achi , one of the most remarkable works of Mayan literature, dates back to the 1400s. The drama is set in the Guatemalan highlands in the second half of the fifteenth century. In an exemplary trial that takes place in Kajyub, the capital of the Rabinaleb at that time, a captured enemy warrior (Quiche Achi) appears before the royal court. A series of combative dialogues pits the offending warrior against the local warrior (Rabinal Achi) and the king (Job Toj), reconstructing the deeds of those involved and retracing the antagonistic history of these two Mayan groups, the Quiche and the Rabinaleb.Alain Breton approaches the text from an anthropological and ethnographical perspective, demonstrating that this indigenous text reenacts pre-Columbian historic paradigms. Breton translated into French an entirely new transcription of the original text, and Teresa Lavender Fagan and Robert Schneider translated the text into English. Both the transcription and the translation are accompanied by detailed commentary and a glossary.

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Author:   Alain Breton ,  Teresa Lavender Fagan ,  Robert Schneider
Publisher:   University Press of Colorado
Imprint:   University Press of Colorado
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.20cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.567kg
ISBN:  

9780870818738


ISBN 10:   0870818732
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   01 June 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Contents; Foreword by Robert M. Carmack; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; A Unique Text; An Exceptional Destiny; History of a Discovery; Earlier Editions and Publications; The Perez Manuscript; Conflicts between the Rabinaleb and the Quiche; The Historical Context; The Trial; The Protagonists An Agonistic Joust; The Current State of the Text; The Present Edition; Regarding the Transcription; Regarding the Translation; Regarding the Presentation; Part I: The Perez Manuscript; Part II: The Text: Transcription and Translation; Part III: Analysis: An Exemplary History; Return to the Places: Spaces and Journeys; Spatial Perspective; Temporal Perspective; Historical Perspective; Return to the Actors: Figures of the Warrior and the King; The Figure of the Warrior; The Figure of the King; Supremacy of One Figure over the Other; Return to Events; A Disputed Territory; An Impossible Alliance; The War: A Metaphor for the Hunt; Return to the Text: Epilogue; Glossary; References; Index

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Breton's study is well-organized, meticulously researched, clearly and compellingly written, and as a research tool it is extremely easy to use. The book is an accessible, meticulously documented translation and stimulating interpretation of an unsurpassed source on the pre-Hispanic Quiche Maya. Mesoamerican scholars from a range of disiciplines will study and cite this monograph for generations to come. --Jennifer von Schwerin, Journal of Anthropological Research


Breton's study is well-organized, meticulously researched, clearly and compellingly written, and as a research tool it is extremely easy to use. The book is an accessible, meticulously documented translation and stimulating interpretation of an unsurpassed source on the pre-Hispanic Quiche Maya. Mesoamerican scholars from a range of disiciplines will study and cite this monograph for generations to come. Jennifer von Schwerin, Journal of Anthropological Research


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Alain Breton is Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France. He is the author or co-author of fifteen books.

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