Dr. Susanne Scholz, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Perkins School of Theology
Dr. Adam Herring, Associate Professor of Art History, Meadows School of the Arts
This session focuses on the Mayan historical, cultural and socio-political interpretations of the Popol Vuh - the sacred text of the Guatemalan indigenous people. Among the questions explored are:
- What is the Popol Vuh?
- Why is this sacred text not well known and studied in religious and theological studies?
- What does it contain?
- How does it relate to liberation theologies?
- How have scholars of art history engaged this Mayan tradition?
- Why is this text of interest to Latino/a religious and biblical studies?
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(available as pdf-files on Academic Search Complete, a library online database)
Dennis Tedlock, Popol Vuh: The Definitive Edition of The Mayan Book of The Dawn of Life and The Glories of Gods and Kings (NY: Touchstone, 1996). A fluent, often beautiful translation by a noted scholar of Mayan languages.
Allen J. Christenson, Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Maya: The Great Classic of Central American Spirituality, Translated fromthe Original Maya Text (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007). A newer translation, replete with informative and useful scholarly apparatus.