Popol Vuh

Popol Vuh p?p?l vo?o [key] [Quich,=collection of the council], sacred book of the Quich. The most important document of the cosmogony, religion, mythology, migratory traditions, and history of the Quich, the original Popol Vuh was destroyed by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado, but it was rewritten in Spanish by a converted Quich shortly after the Spanish conquest. The language and literary style, the philosophy, and the life it reveals show the Quich had reached a high degree of learning. A similar document, more historical in content and treating of the neighboring Cakchiquel, is the Annals of the Cakchiquel.

See the English version of the Popol Vuh by D. Goetz and S. C. Morley (1950); study by L. Spence (1908, repr. 1972).

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