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By Allan F. Burns

"Mr. Allan Burns, i'm right here to inform you an instance, the instance of the Hunchbacks." So acknowledged Paulino Yamá, traditionalist and storyteller, to Allan Burns, anthropologist and linguist, as he begun one tale that came upon its method into this book.

Paulino Yamá used to be only one of a number of grasp storytellers from the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico from whom Burns realized not just the Mayan language but additionally the fashion and function of myths, tales, riddles, prayers, and other kinds of speech in their humans. the result's An Epoch of Miracles, a superbly readable but completely scholarly set of translations from the oral literature of the Yucatec Maya, a major New international culture by no means sooner than systematically described.

An Epoch of Miracles brings us over thirty-five lengthy narratives of items huge, small, unusual, and "regular" and as many pleasant brief items, comparable to poultry lore, riddles, and definitions of anteaters, rainbows, and different commonplaces of the Mayan international. listed here are profound narratives of the Feathered Serpent, the potent Rain God Chac and his helpers, and the mysterious cult of the talking go. yet simply because those are glossy, "Petroleum Age" Maya,
here too are a dialogue with Cuba's Fidel Castro and a greeting to former president Richard Nixon.

All items are translated ethnopoetically; examples of a number of genres are
presented bilingually.  An particularly worthwhile characteristic is the indication of functionality kind, corresponding to pauses and voice caliber, given with every one piece.

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