Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno writes in his introduction to Destruction of the Jaguar that "The Books of Chilam Balam are the only principal surviving texts of the ancient Maya. Written in the Mayan language but in European script, they are generally considered to be transcriptions and recompilations from memory of material originally contained in the hieroglyphic books, all of which were apparently destroyed by the Spaniards. . . . As they stand now, they are a curious and fascinating combination of prophecy, history, chronology, ritual and mythology."
Here is an English translation that captures the unparalleled beauty of one of the great pre-Columbian masterpieces. This stirring, prophetic poetry haunts our own times.
"The Destruction of the Jaguar is Mayan surrealism, dark with jungle shadows and bright with macaw plumage. It is the savage song of a world turned to dust, and in Sawyer-Laucannos voice, it echoes loud and long for the first time in centuries."--Mark Dery, Chicago Tribune
Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno lives in Montague, Massachusetts, with his wife, the poet Patricia Pruitt, and their little white dog, Salty. In 2007 he was guest writer at the first Mussoorie Writers' Festival in India. His books include E.E. Cummings: A Biography (Methuen Publishing, 2005) and The Continual Pilgrimage: American Writers in Paris, 1944-1960 (City Lights, 2001).
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Catechism by Anonymous
Creation Of The World by Anonymous
Flight Of The Itzas by Anonymous
Katun 1 Ahau by Anonymous
Katun 10 Ahau by Anonymous
Katun 11 Ahau by Anonymous
Katun 12 Ahau by Anonymous
Katun 13 Ahau by Anonymous
Katun 2 Ahau by Anonymous
Katun 3 Ahau by Anonymous
Katun 4 Ahau by Anonymous
Katun 5 Ahau by Anonymous
Katun 6 Ahau by Anonymous
Katun 7 Ahau by Anonymous
Katun 8 Ahau by Anonymous
Katun 9 Ahau by Anonymous
The Prophecies Delivered To The People by Anonymous
Prophecies For The Turn Of The Year by Anonymous
The Prophecies Received by Anonymous
The Tun Wheel by Anonymous
What The Thunder Says by Anonymous
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
The books of the Chilam Balain are all that remain of Mayan ancient texts and are thought to be derived from pre-conquest oral poetry, compiled and trartscribed after the establishment of Spanish culture in meso-America. Chilam Balam, literally, "jaguar priest," is taken from the name of a fifteendi-century Mayan priest. The Chilam Balarn consists mainly of prophecies that depict the spiritual and bodily decline of Mayan culture, a decline of monumental proportions and the impending catastrophe of the conquest. Often the poems detail the imminent cruelty of the Spanish intruders, as in "Xupan Nauat Speaks": "Brothers, prepare yourselves / Make ready for the arrival / of the man with visor, / roaring stick, gaping jaws / and bloody teeth." -- From Independent Publisher
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