Rabinal Achi : A Fifteenth-Century Maya Dynastic Drama

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Pub. Date: 2007-09-30
Publisher(s): Univ Pr of Colorado
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The Rabinal Achi, one of the most remarkable works of Mayan literature, dates back to the 1400s. The drama is set in the Guatemalan highlands in the second half of the fifteenth century. In an exemplary trial that takes place in Kajyub, the capital of the Rabinaleb at that time, a captured enemy warrior (Quiché Achi) appears before the royal court. A series of combative dialogues pits the offending warrior against the local warrior (Rabinal Achi) and the king (Job Toj), reconstructing the deeds of those involved and retracing the antagonistic history of these two Mayan groups, the Quiché and the Rabinaleb. Alain Breton approaches the text from an anthropological and ethnographical perspective, demonstrating that this indigenous text reenacts pre-Columbian historic paradigms. Breton translated into French an entirely new transcription of the original text, and Teresa Lavender Fagan and Robert Schneider translated the text into English. Both the transcription and the translation are accompanied by detailed commentary and a glossary.

Author Biography

Alain Breton is Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
A Unique Textp. 2
An Exceptional Destinyp. 7
History of a Discoveryp. 7
Earlier Editions and Publicationsp. 11
The Perez Manuscriptp. 13
Conflicts between the Rabinaleb and the Quichep. 19
The Historical Contextp. 19
The Trialp. 26
The Protagonistsp. 27
An Agonistic Joustp. 42
The Current State of the Textp. 47
The Present Editionp. 48
Regarding the Transcriptionp. 51
Regarding the Translationp. 53
Regarding the Presentationp. 53
The Perez Manuscriptp. 55
The Text: Transcription and Translationp. 123
Analysis: An Exemplary Historyp. 279
Return to the Places: Spaces and Journeysp. 280
Spatial Perspectivep. 281
Temporal Perspectivep. 286
Historical Perspectivep. 290
Return to the Actors: Figures of the Warrior and the Kingp. 292
The Figure of the Warriorp. 293
The Figure of the Kingp. 297
Supremacy of One Figure over the Otherp. 300
Return to Eventsp. 302
A Disputed Territoryp. 302
An Impossible Alliancep. 306
The War: A Metaphor for the Huntp. 308
Return to the Text: Epiloguep. 314
Glossaryp. 319
Referencesp. 373
Indexp. 387
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