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Invitation to World Literature


Recommended Translations & Editions

EditionsAbout these Editions

Allen Christenson, Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Maya, University of Oklahoma Press, 2007.


This is our recommended text. A clear and eloquent recent translation, with an excellent introduction, notes, and color illustrations of Mayan art and life. An extensive web site based on this translation is available at http://www.mesoweb.com/publications/Christenson/index.html

Dennis Tedlock, Popol Vuh: The Definitive Edition of the Maya Book of the Dawn of Life and the Glories of Gods and Kings, Touchstone, 1996.


A highly poetic, prize-winning translation developed in consultation with Andres Xiloz, a contemporary Mayan healer and sage.