By Allan F. Burns
"Mr. Allan Burns, i'm the following to inform you an instance, the instance of the Hunchbacks." So acknowledged Paulino Yamá, traditionalist and storyteller, to Allan Burns, anthropologist and linguist, as he begun one tale that discovered its approach into this book.
Paulino Yamá was once only one of a number of grasp storytellers from the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico from whom Burns realized not just the Mayan language but in addition the fashion and function of myths, tales, riddles, prayers, and different kinds of speech in their humans. the result's An Epoch of Miracles, a perfectly readable but completely scholarly set of translations from the oral literature of the Yucatec Maya, a major New global culture by no means earlier than systematically described.
An Epoch of Miracles brings us over thirty-five lengthy narratives of items huge, small, unusual, and "regular" and as many pleasant brief items, equivalent to chicken lore, riddles, and definitions of anteaters, rainbows, and different commonplaces of the Mayan international. listed here are profound narratives of the Feathered Serpent, the robust Rain God Chac and his helpers, and the mysterious cult of the conversing go. yet simply because those are smooth, "Petroleum Age" Maya,
here too are a dialogue with Cuba's Fidel Castro and a greeting to former president Richard Nixon.
All items are translated ethnopoetically; examples of a number of genres are
presented bilingually. An specially important function is the indication of functionality sort, similar to pauses and voice caliber, given with each one piece.
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An Epoch of Miracles: Oral Literature of the Yucatec Maya (Texas Pan American) by Allan F. Burns