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Maya Daykeeping: Three Calendars from Highland Guatemala

Author(s): John M. Weeks ; Sachse Franke ; Christian M. Prager

Year: 2009

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Summary

In Maya Daykeeping, three divinatory calendars from highland Guatemala - examples of a Mayan literary tradition that includes the Popul Vuh, Annals of the Cakchiquels, and the Titles of the Lords of Totonicapan - dating to 1685, 1722, and 1855, are transcribed in K'iche or Kaqchikel side-by-side with English translations. Calendars such as these continue to be the basis for prognostication, determining everything from the time for planting and harvest to foreshadowing illness and death. Good, bad, and mixed fates can all be found in these examples of the solar calendar and the 260-day divinatory calendar.

The use of such calendars is mentioned in historical and ethnographic works, but very few examples are known to exist. Each of the three calendars transcribed and translated by John M. Weeks, Franke Sachse, and Christian M. Prager - and housed at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - is unique in structure and content. Moreover, except for an unpublished study of the 1722 calendar by Rudolf Schuller and Oliver La Farge (1934), these little-known works appear to have escaped the attention of most scholars. Introductory essays contextualize each document in time and space, and a series of appendixes present previously unpublished calendrical notes assembled in the early twentieth century.

Providing considerable information on the divinatory use of calendars in colonial highland Maya society previously unavailable without a visit to the University of Pennsylvania's archives, Maya Daykeeping is an invaluable primary resource for Maya scholars.

This resource is a sample of "Maya Daykeeping: Three Calendars from Highland Guatemala." Included is the title page, table of contents and first chapter. The publication in its entirety is available through the University Press of Colorado.


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Maya Daykeeping: Three Calendars from Highland Guatemala. John M. Weeks, Sachse Franke, Christian M. Prager. 5589 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 206C Boulder, Colorado 80303: University Press of Colorado. 2009 ( tDAR id: 399131) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8XG9SQW


URL: http://www.upcolorado.com/university-press-of-colorado/item/1863-maya-daykeeping


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min long: -93.955; min lat: 12.082 ; max long: -86.265; max lat: 18.73 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Beth Svinarich ; Christian M. Prager

Contributor(s): John M. Weeks ; Franke Sachse

Permitting Agency(s): University Press of Colorado

Repository(s): University Press of Colorado


Notes

General Note: This resource is a sample of "Maya Daykeeping: Three Calendars from Highland Guatemala." Included is the title page, table of contents and first chapter. The publication in its entirety is available through the University Press of Colorado.


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