Popul Vuh Glossary Definition

The Popul Vuh is the Mayan creations story and considered one of the great works of world literature. As seen in the above photo, taken in a popular restaurant in Guatemala, the story is alive and well today among the Maya.

The original alphabetic version of the Popul Vuh is one of the only known, surviving texts from the ancient Mayan civilization. It was translated from Mayan Kiché to Spanish by a friar, Francisco Ximénez,  sometime between 1701-03. The original alphabetic version of the Popul Vuh is in the Newberry Library 60 W. Walton, Chicago, IL.

The Popul Vuh introduces the idea of the Mayan Tree of Life or cosmic World Tree, which is one of the underpinnings of Mayan cosmology. The orientation of the Tree of Life is the four directions and the human embodiment of the Tree of Life is the Mayan Cross. 

To see a short and wonderful video that highlights of the outrageously fabulous tale of the Popul Vuh, go to  http://learner.org/courses/worldlit/popol-vuh/

To view a 30 minute cartoon of the Popul Vuh created by art historian and cinematographer Patricia Armin, go to http://wigowsky.com/travels/maya/chichi/video.htm