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Mayan Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Mayan Myths

Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: History, Ancient History
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Summary

This audiobook is dedicated to exploring the gods and goddesses that the Mayan people worshiped. You will find more information about:

  • Background facts about the Mayan culture, such as art, foods, and traditions. 
  • An elaborate explanation about the Mayan calendar and the prediction of the end of the world. 
  • The dramatic myths behind the Mayan gods and goddesses. 
  • Interesting facts about the Mayan pyramids and their structure. 
  • The great story of Hlakanyana the Cunning. 
  • The mysterious decline of the Mayan civilization. 
  • A brief overview of some of the main 250 deities Mayans worshiped. 
  • The myth of Itzamna, the supreme being and father of the universe.

Mayan mythology is intricate, complex, and the ideals behind some of their mythological beliefs were often intertwined with real-life events. This audiobook will examine how both myth and fact contributed to the culture and traditions of the Mayan people and how these influences and some stories continue to live on throughout the centuries. 

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The Mayan calendar

The Mayans had all these beliefs and they had this entire historry I didn't know anything about. Great to be enlightened.

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  • Demi
  • 06-01-20

I really liked this

Personally, I was impressed with the information, and the narrator wasn't bad at all. I guess it's just a matter of opinion, but I would recommend this book. The value is great for the price, the topic is interesting, and the execution is well done. Thanks!

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  • Sundown- Logan family
  • 23-02-19

on a trip to Coba

listened to this book in preparation of our trip to the Maya Riveria. I loved leaning the names of the God's and hearing the stories I just wish it was longer

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  • Louis
  • 06-01-20

Cool

The Mayan calendar, the end of the world, the 2012 thing people thought about.... yeah, this is a cool book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-20

Yes!

Finally a book on Mayan mythology! Do you know how many books there are on Greek or Roman mythology? I am glad someone finally highlighted this part of the world and decided to write about it.

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  • Ruth
  • 08-01-20

Surprisingly good

I was surprised by all the things the author put together and looked up or studied for the sake of releasing this book. Good job!

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  • Fred
  • 09-01-20

Interesting

This is interesting. I think a lot of people are oblivious to what the Mayans believed, even though there are so many interesting aspects of it. Did I mention it was interesting? Yeah, I use that word way too much. Sorry.

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  • Hansel
  • 06-10-18

This book is not what you think it is.

I wanted a book about Mayan Mythology. I am very interested by this lost, mysterious culture. The title and illustration icon of the book, (along with the stellar reviews) convinced me to get it. A quarter of the way in, the book starts discussing the upcoming end of the world as predicted in 2012 by the Mayan calendar. Even saying that the National Geographic Society was providing survival tips? What?

Then comes the weird Christian angle. The author starts writing about the obvious signs of a global flood. Think Noah and his Ark. Could this flood have wiped away the Maya? Maybe, according to this book. "Hydraulic scarring" on the Great Sphinx are used as an example. Fair enough. There is not enough written about this fantastic culture that was wiped out as mysteriously as it began. We can point to the Spanish, their guns and germs but also inner socio-political factors that all could have contributed to the Mayan collapse. Who knows, right? We need more books on this subject. I'm happy this book at least tried. It's nuts though, so don't bother unless you're into nuts literature. In that case, enjoy!

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  • Joseph Into
  • 29-07-20

absolutely horrible writing

Author is often lost and spewing his own beliefs. Poor details and poorly written. There is no focus and often strays into babble.

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  • Sharon
  • 22-07-20

Whoa...

This book is so DRY!!! You would think that a book about mythology would be action packed and full of scandal, but NOOOO...this book is just a recitation of facts and never captured my attention. Also, don’t get the audiobook version. The narrator yells at you the entire time.

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  • rowdyazusa
  • 05-06-20

would prefer some one with out an accent reading

not bad,could barely understand the reader, accent killed it for me...change that and it's a good.