RABINAL ACHI PDF

The first English translation of the Beowulf of pre-Columbian civilization. Here is one of the most important surviving works of pre-Columbian civilization, Rabinal Achi , a Mayan drama set a century before the arrival of the Spanish, produced by the translator of the best selling Popol Vuh. Dennis Tedlock's translation is clear and vivid; more than that, it is rooted in an understanding of how the play is actually performed. Despite being banned for centuries by Spanish authorities, it survived in actual practice, and is still performed in the town of Rabinal today. Tedlock provides an introduction and commentary that explain the historical events compressed into the play, the Spanish influence on the Mayan dramatic tradition, and the cultural and religious world preserved in this remarkable play. What is even more remarkable is the accessibility

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Many plays are performed in contemporary Mayan communities, but there is only one that dramatizes a time when Europeans had yet to appear over the horizon of the Mayan world. This same play is one of the few whose dialogue is entirely in a Mayan language.

The character named Man of Rabinal is a warrior in the service of Lord Five Thunder, who rules the Rabinal nation from a fortress on amountaintop. Guarding the boundaries of his court and kingdom are two characters who take their names, Eagle and Jaguar, from the sources of their spiritual power. Present within his court are his unmarried daughter, called the Mother of Quetzal Feathers; his wife, identified only as Lady; and a slave.

Man of Rabinal captures him and brings him before the court of Lord Five Thunder. In the end Cawek loses his head, but not before his status as a member of the nobility is given full recognition by his captors.

Considered as a dramatization of Mayan history, Rabinal Achi is mainly concerned with a series of events that reached a climax in the early fifteenth century. But when it is considered as a representation of Mayan culture, and the culture of Mayan royalty in particular, it reaches much deeper into the past. The ax and shield.

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while. No cover image. Read preview. Synopsis Here is one of the most important surviving works of pre-Columbian civilization, Rabinal Achi, a Mayan drama set a century before the arrival of the Spanish, produced by the translator of the best selling Popol Vuh.

The first direct translation into English from Quiche Maya, based on the original text, Rabinal Achi is the story of city-states, war, and nobility, of diplomacy, mysticism, and psychic journeys.

Cawek is a renegade, a warrior who has inflicted much suffering on Rabinal. Yet he is also the son of the lord of the allied city of Quiche--a noble who once fought alongside Man of Rabinal. The drama presents the confrontation between the two during the trial of Cawek, who defies his captors and proudly accepts death by beheading. Dennis Tedlock's translation is clear and vivid; more than that, it is rooted in an understanding of how the play is actually performed.

Despite being banned for centuries by Spanish authorities, it survived in actual practice, and is still performed in the town of Rabinal today. Tedlock's photographs and diagrams accompany the text, capturing nuances not apparent in the dialogue alone. He also provides an introduction and commentary that explain the historical events compressed into the play, the Spanish influence on the Mayan dramatic tradition, and the cultural and religious world preserved in this remarkable play.

Rabinal Achi ranks as a classic of Mayan literature--and a rare window on a world that had yet to be invaded by Europeans. Dennis Tedlock brings this drama to life in all its richness. Excerpt Many plays are performed in contemporary Mayan communities, but there is only one that dramatizes a time when Europeans had yet to appear over the horizon of the Mayan world.

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Your browser is not supported by this application. Inscribed in 3. It comprises myths of origin and addresses popular and political subjects concerning the inhabitants of the region of Rabinal, expressed through masked dance, theatre and music. The narrative, divided into four acts, centres on a conflict between two major political entities in the region. Recalling their ancestors is not simply a means of perpetuating the heritage of the past. It is also a vision of the future, since one day the living will join their ancestors.

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Little is known about its origins. Through dialogue, music, and dance it recounts events of Maya history that culminate in the early fifteenth century. Its repetitive and static dynamics are unparalleled in colonial drama. He is allowed to explain his actions, defend himself against accusations, and freely express his wishes until his inevitable execution concludes the drama. Tedlock stresses in his translation that the execution of Cawek is not a heart sacrifice as earlier translations had rendered it, but a beheading.

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Rabinal Achi

Many plays are performed in contemporary Mayan communities, but there is only one that dramatizes a time when Europeans had yet to appear over the horizon of the Mayan world. This same play is one of the few whose dialogue is entirely in a Mayan language. The character named Man of Rabinal is a warrior in the service of Lord Five Thunder, who rules the Rabinal nation from a fortress on amountaintop. Guarding the boundaries of his court and kingdom are two characters who take their names, Eagle and Jaguar, from the sources of their spiritual power. Present within his court are his unmarried daughter, called the Mother of Quetzal Feathers; his wife, identified only as Lady; and a slave. Man of Rabinal captures him and brings him before the court of Lord Five Thunder. In the end Cawek loses his head, but not before his status as a member of the nobility is given full recognition by his captors.

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