Event—Adult Education

Pre-Maya Origins of the Popol Vuh


Explore the historic origins of the foundational and sacred Mayan Popol Vuh.

Popol Vuh, arte de las tres lenguas kakchiquel, quiche y tzutuhil, 1700-1703. Transcribed by Francisco Ximenez. Call number: VAULT Ayer MS 1515

Class Description

This class will explore evidence for the deep historic origins of the Popol Vuh as oral literature. We'll also look at the monuments of the archaeological site of Izapa where much of the Popol Vuh was written in stone in the years around 200 to 100 BCE.

    Mary Lou Ridinger received a master's in Anthropology and Archaeology from the University of the Americas and has lived in Guatemala for 49 years. She is a member of The Explorer's Club and has served for several years as the president of Maya Jade and the Jade Museum in Antigua.

    Materials List


    • John Major Jenkins, Maya Cosmogenesis 2012. Bear and Company, 1998.


    • Friedel and Parker Schele, Maya Cosmos. Perennial Press, 1993.
    • Dennis Tedlock, Popol Vuh. Touchstone, 1985.

    Cost and Registration

    One session, $53 ($48 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

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