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Well, that made no sense, so I went through the footnotes, all of them and there are manyand found that there they amplified their descriptions by adducing pain, fasting and ‘intoxication’ as the causes of their visions.

A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya

Linda Schele was the epigrapher of the Maya world up until her death and her work, including this one, made landmark strides in the field. What the hell were those for? This book also does something very unique tha Scheoe book is a great showcase of what we lost when the great Linda Schiele died. Return to Book Page. Personally, I find both Egyptian and Mayan art to be ‘trippy’.

I would say that it is not an easy read, though the language is mostly jargon-free. I’m not one of them. So many then-ongoing discoveries and controversies appear in this book that it must be significantly out of date by now, more than 20 years after it was published. Open Preview See a Problem?

A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya by Linda Schele

Instead, an overview of the entire Mayan history is meticulously given along with archaeological details. The xelva work on any number of buildings is described and analyzed. An outstanding book which tells the captivating stories of several Mayan city states, illustrating different phases in the history of this very interesting and complex civilization.


I have the fist edition paperback published by Morrow with color photos by Justin Kerr. Aug 10, Kyle rated it really liked it Shelves: I learned everything I know about Mesoamerican reeyes from her. Plenty of pictures explaining the Stelas. Mar 19, Jesse rated it it was amazing.

The first chapter covers basics of pre-conquest Maya culture, and the last chapter discusses the collapse of Classic civilization and a little about the European conquest.

Showing the processes which helped decipher a large amount of Mayan inscription, this book also describes their genealogical legacy as described through the Mayan linca record.

Though obviously the book is a bit outdated we just know more about the Maya, particularly their written languages, now than when this book was writtenit still holds surprising relevance to Mayan studies today.

The book started off very slowly and made some assumptions that only Westerners would be reading this book. Other books in this series. Paperbackpages. I read it as research for my writing and it was very valuable. Recommended to Wayne by: This was recommended by them as a good general overview In my mind this book is comparable schelf Tuchman’s classic “A Distant Mirror” in its ability to bring a period to life.

I mean, it is great that you get seova annotation like “sacrifice” pointing to an incomprehensible to an uninitiated jumble of ljnda, but that is as much explanation as you get.

Jan 05, Alexander rated it it was ok. I find it odd that the authors of this book didn’t address this matter at all. Oct 31, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing. It is fascinating to try and piece together the remnants of lives so far past from what little remains.

Una Selva de Reyes : La Asombrosa Historia de los Antiguos Mayas

Highly recommended to readers who enjoy first rate, first hand history. Sche,e obra es el relato del reino maya desde el principio de su institucion y los primeros constructores de grandes piramides, hasta la decadencia de la civilizacion maya y su destruccion final.


Nov 14, Bevan Mcguiness rated it really liked it.

The silence and emptiness of the land where once a great city had stood remained in my mind. Book ratings by Goodreads.

In the text itself the authors treat this as unremarkable, as though ‘of course, such painful practices induce altered states of consciousness’. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This book wasn’t really what I was looking for. Both delineate forms starkly. This was a landmark book when it was published detailing the history of the Maya world based off the newly translated hieroglyphs.

Una Selva de Reyes : David Freidel :

Reads like a research journal, and is way too focused on the archeological remains for my taste. Somewhat outdated today, but an excellent read nonetheless, with ample illustration of texts and explanations for readings and interpretations by the authors. Co-written by one of the most prominent Maya scholars of the 20th century, the late Linda Schele, this book examines the Mayan civilization through its linguistic legacy.

Long placed on a mist-shrouded pedestal as austere, peaceful stargazers, Maya elites are now known to have been the rulers of populous, aggressive city-states. Read this in advance of our trip down to Chiapas to visit my sister and brother in-law at their archaeological site this coming spring.

Now we can say that the Mayas have come out of the forest into our consciousness, thanks to these two authors.