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Mayan Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Mayan Myths

Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: History, Ancient
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This audiobook is dedicated to exploring the gods and goddesses that the Mayan people worshiped. You will find more information about:

  • Background facts about the Mayan culture, such as art, foods, and traditions. 
  • An elaborate explanation about the Mayan calendar and the prediction of the end of the world. 
  • The dramatic myths behind the Mayan gods and goddesses. 
  • Interesting facts about the Mayan pyramids and their structure. 
  • The great story of Hlakanyana the Cunning. 
  • The mysterious decline of the Mayan civilization. 
  • A brief overview of some of the main 250 deities Mayans worshiped. 
  • The myth of Itzamna, the supreme being and father of the universe.

Mayan mythology is intricate, complex, and the ideals behind some of their mythological beliefs were often intertwined with real-life events. This audiobook will examine how both myth and fact contributed to the culture and traditions of the Mayan people and how these influences and some stories continue to live on throughout the centuries. 

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This book is not what you think it is.

I wanted a book about Mayan Mythology. I am very interested by this lost, mysterious culture. The title and illustration icon of the book, (along with the stellar reviews) convinced me to get it. A quarter of the way in, the book starts discussing the upcoming end of the world as predicted in 2012 by the Mayan calendar. Even saying that the National Geographic Society was providing survival tips? What?

Then comes the weird Christian angle. The author starts writing about the obvious signs of a global flood. Think Noah and his Ark. Could this flood have wiped away the Maya? Maybe, according to this book. "Hydraulic scarring" on the Great Sphinx are used as an example. Fair enough. There is not enough written about this fantastic culture that was wiped out as mysteriously as it began. We can point to the Spanish, their guns and germs but also inner socio-political factors that all could have contributed to the Mayan collapse. Who knows, right? We need more books on this subject. I'm happy this book at least tried. It's nuts though, so don't bother unless you're into nuts literature. In that case, enjoy!

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on a trip to Coba

listened to this book in preparation of our trip to the Maya Riveria. I loved leaning the names of the God's and hearing the stories I just wish it was longer

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Good information bad narrator

The information is good but the Narrator is awful. He never even took the time to learn how to pronounce the Mayan words and God names.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-18

The Mayan calendar

The Mayans had all these beliefs and they had this entire historry I didn't know anything about. Great to be enlightened.