The books of Chilam Balam are early Colonial texts from Yucatan, written in the Mayan language with Spanish characters. They are compendia of knowledge, including accounts of Maya history and mythical history. The volume includes the Maya text, an English translation, and a vast commentary, a basic thesis of which is that the Kaua is an amalgam of New and Old World knowledge, joined by varying historical and scientific circumstances and by existing cultural patterns of thought. 2002.
xviii+548 pages; 77 figures; 32 tables; 3 appendices; index.