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 started one tale that stumbled on its manner into this book.
Paulino Yamá was once only one of numerous grasp storytellers from the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico from whom Burns discovered not just the Mayan language but additionally the fashion and function of myths, tales, riddles, prayers, and other 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 big New international culture by no means ahead of 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 poultry lore, riddles, and definitions of anteaters, rainbows, and different commonplaces of the Mayan global. listed below are profound narratives of the Feathered Serpent, the amazing Rain God Chac and his helpers, and the mysterious cult of the conversing pass. yet simply because those are sleek, "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 numerous genres are
presented bilingually. An in particular necessary function is the indication of functionality type, reminiscent of pauses and voice caliber, given with every one piece.
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An Epoch of Miracles: Oral Literature of the Yucatec Maya (Texas Pan American) by Allan F. Burns