AUTHOR: Ines Varela-Silva
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014
The Maya are the largest living group of Native Americans, with 6-7 million members dispersed across what is now Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize. Their present situation bears little resemblance to their ancient origins when their ancestors, highly skilled in mathematics, architecture and astrology, dominated large areas of the Americas.
uring 2012 popular interest in the Maya has increased largely as the result of a prophecy, falsely interpreted, claiming that cataclysmic events will occur as a consequence of the end of a cycle within the Maya Long Count calendar. However, in reality, most people do not know who the current Maya are. Many even think that the Maya are extinct.
This book shows artwork portraying several facets of the lives of the contemporary Maya, namely: Living Conditions, Health and Nutrition, Childhood, Faith and Spirituality, Power and Conflict, Working Conditions, Women’s Roles and Migration. All the artwork has been kindly donated by many artists, researchers, reporters and academics (most of them Maya).
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