By Munro S. Edmonson
When the Spaniards conquered the Yucatan Peninsula within the early 1500s, they made a good attempt to damage or Christianize the local cultures flourishing there. That they have been largely unsuccessful is evidenced by means of the survival of a couple of records written in Maya and preserved and further to through literate Mayas as much as the 1830s. The booklet of Chilam Balam of Chumayel is this type of rfile, actually the background of Yucatan written via and for Mayas, and it includes a lot details no longer on hand from Spanish assets since it was once a part of an underground resistance circulation of which the Spanish have been principally unaware.
Well recognized to Mayanists, The booklet of Chilam Balam of Chumayel is gifted the following in Munro S. Edmonson's English translation, broadly annotated. Edmonson reinterprets the publication as literature and as historical past, putting it in chronological order and translating it as poetry. The ritual nature of Mayan heritage in actual fact emerges and casts new mild on Mexican and Spanish acculturation of the Yucatecan Maya within the post-Classic and colonial periods.
Centered within the urban of Merida, the Chumayel presents the western (Xiu) standpoint on Yucatecan background, as Edmonson's previous publication The historic way forward for the Itza: The ebook of Chilam Balam of Tizimin awarded the jap (Itza) point of view. either rfile the altering calendar of the colonial interval and the ongoing energy of pre-Columbian ritual suggestion all the way down to the 19th century. possibly the largest shock is the survival of the long-count relationship process all the way down to the Baktun Ceremonial of 1618 (184.108.40.206.0). yet there are others: using rebus writing, the survival of the tun till 1752, photograph if indirect bills of Mayan ceremonial drama, and the depiction of the Spanish conquest as a long term inter-Mayan civil war.
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No wonder this taxing job was delegated to the impersonators of the gods of the underworld. No wonder either that haggling and trading and envy were involved. Act 13. Sacrifice. The 4 Yearbearers reappear, this time in the guise of the four death gods. ) sacrifice was doubtless made, but it is discreetly omitted from the text. Human sacrifice was still going on in Yucatan at this date, but in Merida!? Act 14. Examination. The examination ceremony was always accompanied by a feast. " Itza or Xiu, every aspirant to nobility had to know the right answers, whatever scandal may have surrounded his birth.
The 7 Pacers [uuc taz cab) now parade, theirsurveying stick [p'iz te) borne on the back of the alligator god. The pacers are elsewhere identified as the Surveyor [ah p'iz te), the Marker [ah lub te), the Scrubber [ah xuk, who was the Jaguar himself), the Sweeper [ah miz), the Remover [cit ahau), the Wakener [ahel cab), and the Renewer ( tumte ahau). At the end of a katun, all titles to lands and offices weie canceled and renewed. This is the ceremony that did it. The ex officio participation of the Jaguar is thus highly significant.
It lists the circuit of the directions counterclockwise six times, associating'the directions with (1) a lineage and a lineage head, (2) ten kinds of ritual insignia, (3) a stopping place, (4) four counselors, (5) three more insignia, and (6) a katun keeper. Each direction is also associated with a color. The structure of the ritual is given in table 1. It is of interest to note that the items of insignia total thirteen and that the total number of associations is eighteen. Various symbolic substitutions in them are reminiscent of the ritual riddles.
Heaven Born Merida and its Destiny: The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel by Munro S. Edmonson