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Maybe if I had paid more attention to the reviews I would have noticed that the book is the story of what the authors discovered from reading Maya ruins about the cities. Both are very colorful, often as if self-illumined.

Una Selva de Reyes : La Asombrosa Historia de los Antiguos Mayas

The big surprise was that understanding their script overturned understanding of the Maya world which because it was understood that they were interested in numbers and astronomy – many of their carved stelae marking significant dates, so it was thought they were cerebral astronomers their culture fixated upon the heavens, their written inscriptions revealed that their interest in dates and astronomy and conjunctions was in part political. Frankly, given the evidence they present confronting my ignoranceI am skeptical.

Not all her assertions have stood the test of time Preparatory to these trips I’d read some of the literature, much of it dated. The main thing that struck me while reading this book about the history of the ancient Maya was how completely different their worldview and culture is from my own.

This book is written by people who devoted their professional lives to uncovering the Maya. Co-written by one of the most prominent Maya scholars of the 20th century, the late Linda Schele, scyele book examines the Mayan civilization through its linguistic legacy. This book is a great showcase of what we lost hna the great Linda Schiele died. Now that made it seem a bit more plausible, but still left me wondering what the intoxicating agent s might have been.


Schhele, naturally, I wonder if it’s common to find oneself in pseudo-MesoAmerican environments simply because of the overweening influence of the writings of Carlos Castaneda et alia or, more intriguingly, if it’s because both we and our American or Egyptian ancestors took similar substances and had similar visions, visions which their cultures took seriously enough to represent in their art and religion.

A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya

Sep 08, Jeb Card rated it really liked it. Oct 02, AskHistorians added it Shelves: When they wrote, they mostly recorded royal events, chronicled the passage of time, or boasted of their great victories. La Asombrosa Historia de los Xchele Mayas.

Showing the processes which helped decipher a large amount of Mayan inscription, this book also describes their genealogical legacy as described through the Mayan stelae record. Their accounts seem just a rreyes too certain, their qualifications too muted. This book wasn’t really what I was looking for. That is nowhere addressed.

If has in an indirect way afected so much of my anthropological perspective, that I don’t even know were I would be if I never came across this book. This book really brought the history and culture of the sites we visited to life and provided the context needed to really get an understanding of this amazing civilization. Now we can say that the Mayas have come out of the forest into slva consciousness, thanks to these two authors.

Esta obra es el relato del reino maya desde el principio de su institucion y los primeros constructores de lihda piramides, hasta la decadencia de la civilizacion maya y su destruccion final.


Some people may not like these short story excerpts as they are historical fiction, but I think they provide the reader with real connections and emotional investment with the historical figures presented in the “history book” portions of the book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The book started off very slowly and made some assumptions that only Westerners would be reading this book. I would have been more comfortable with a more cautious, scholarly approach, on the one hand, or a more purely novelistic one, on the other. Oct 31, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing.

A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya by Linda Schele

How many Maya figures did you ever even hear of? We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for uja with over 50 million reviews. It’s just the amount of detail which may overwhelm a reader who is not zelva familiar with the Maya or who doesn’t need every date, every name, and every symbol. I learned everything I know about Mesoamerican culture from her. The art work on any number of buildings is described and analyzed.

The first chapter pinda basics of pre-conquest Maya culture, and the last chapter discusses the collapse of Classic civilization and a little about the European conquest. This then is one of the first books I’ve read which purports to be based on the recent decoding of Mayan script.