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

Other than these minor irritants, the book is very well written and presents a detailed account of kna the archaeology and history of the cshele Mayan kingdoms from conception to decline. A city-state civilisation built out of the linsa that struggled to maintain political order in the face of an obscure environmental or ecological catastrophe.

Highly recommended to readers who enjoy first rate, first hand history. Schele and Freidel attempt to bring to life the events and personalities of the Maya world, from BC to the arrival of the Spanish. Preparatory to these trips I’d read some of the literature, much of it dated. Aug 22, Oliver Bogler rated it it was amazing. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Return to Book Page.

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

In general, reading about a place on a trip to the place usually reflects poorly on either the place or the literature. Armed with this new insight, Schele and Freidel tell a number lindda stories, histories really, of several Mayan centers and the people w I visited the NE Yucatan three times in the s, devoting most of my time to hiking the coast and, with the help of young Maya, trekking overland to ruins they’d tell me of.


Aug 10, Kyle rated it really liked it Shelves: Plenty of pictures explaining the Stelas. As always, the universal themes are all there, one after the other. This is a book written by a couple of field researchers and academics in the field of archaeology, so it’s not easy reading!

No longer were we in the serene world of priestly astronomers but of the would be big beasts of the political jungle asserting their greatness, heritage and deeds on steles. With the break throughs in understanding and decoding the Maya Glyphs Schele and Freidel bring their impressive knowledge and scholarship to a panaramic view of the Maya world. But there is a lot of human sacrifice to keep the story in the red.

Una Selva de Reyes : David Freidel :

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. Instead, an overview of the entire Mayan history is meticulously given along with archaeological details. Dec 22, Ron Banister rated it liked it. I find myself returning to it over and over again and continuing to learn something new each visit.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I did find the explanation of Mayan language and writing very interesting. Read ages ago on a trip to Honduras where I visited several Mayan sites.

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 dw with the historical figures presented in the “history book” portions of the book. Nov 14, Bevan Mcguiness rated it really liked it.

But unless you have a strong interest in history, and especially in the history of the ancient Maya, you will find yourself skimming the heavier parts while on the lookout for the salient and interesting details found throughout the book. Showing the processes which helped decipher a large amount of Ua inscription, this book also describes their genealogical legacy as described through the Mayan stelae record.


That is nowhere addressed. This was recommended by ilnda as a good general overview A dark and bloody history of superstition, violence and fear.

This book also does something very unique that few other history books are willing to do let alone Mayan ones ; this book provides fanciful story-style interpretations of historical events surrounding the various Mayan players uns Kings. If there was an explanation about enema bowls, I didn’t see it and it wasn’t referenced in the index. There aren’t that many books like that out there, unfortunately. Jul 12, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing. This ilnda wasn’t really what I was looking for.

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

Co-written by one of the most prominent Maya scholars of the 20th century, the late Linda Schele, this book examines the Mayan civilization through its linguistic legacy. For example, I would have loved a tangent about the enema bowls popping up in the Maya drawings. In fact, their array of small kingdoms engaged in constant warfare kna human sacrifice.

Sep 08, Jeb Card rated it really liked it. Open Preview See a Problem? Published January 24th by William Morrow first published How many Maya figures did you ever even hear of?