The Popol Vuh: A Journey to the Maya Underworld (And Back) - Online

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Taught by Andrew Coletti

Andrew Coletti is an educator, food writer and history nerd who has been known to throw historical dinner parties just for fun. He makes videos about food history on TikTok and Instagram @passtheflamingo, and writes about food for Tasting Table and other publications.

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The Popol Vuh is the sacred foundational text of Maya mythology. It tells of the cycle of creation and destruction, the birth of the first gods and men, and the adventures of the magic-wielding, monster-slaying Hero Twins. To fulfill their destiny by avenging their father's death, the Twins must journey to the Maya Underworld: Xibalba, "The Place of Fear." The Lords of Xibalba have challenged the Twins to a very high-stakes ballgame. If they want to win, they must overcome Death itself. 

This talk will be an overview of the Popol Vuh--its content, its significance, and its place in the broader context of Mesoamerican culture and history. No prior knowledge required!

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