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Handbook of Mesoamerican Mythology


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The dead entering the underworld on the backs of yellow dogs ... turquoise snakes bursting into flames ... gods creating humans from corn and water. These fantastic mythological traditions spring from the rich and complex Mesoamerican peoples, and reflects their unique geographical, historical, and social milieus.

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Kay Almere Read is associate professor of comparative religion at DePaul University, Chicago, IL. Jason Gonzalez is a graduate student of anthropology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL.


"Because the myths of Mesoamerica receive only cursory treatment in omnibus mythology sources ... this handbook, the product of an uncommon mother-and-son scholarly collaboration, will enrich reference collections in public and academic libraries." - Booklist "A user-friendly reference on a complex subject, the Handbook is recommended for all secondary, public, and academic libraries." - Library Journal "[A] fascinating introduction to Mesoamerican mythology." - American Reference Books Annual "Focusing more on broad themes than subtle nuances, this handbook is recommended for all academic libraries." - Choice

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