Popol Vuh

De Ana María Pavez
Illustrated by Pigeon Valdivia

This book tells the creation of the world and of men, and the story of two demigods, Hunahpú and Ixbalanqué, who face the gods of the underworld in a ball game. The illustrations are inspired by pre-Columbian images of the Mayan culture.

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Recommended for 5 to 12 years
Binding: Softcover
Size: 21,5 x 23,5 cm
Pages: 36
Vintage: 2007
ISBN: 978-956-8209-32-2


The Popol Vuh is the creation myth of the Quiché Mayan people. The cosmogonic myth not only explains how everything began, but also why man and other beings are the way they are and why they follow a certain behavior. The myth constitutes the guide, the tradition and the pattern of behavior of each community. This book was made based on the animation that was exhibited in the exhibition "Mexico from the Body to the Cosmos" with which the Palacio La Moneda Cultural Center was inaugurated in 2006. The text of the book and the animation are based on the "Popol Vuh: the ancient stories of the Quiché ”. The illustrations were taken from the images embodied in ceramics and stones between 300 and 900 AD by the Mayan people. The landscapes were done in watercolor, to recreate the atmosphere of the Mayan paintings. All the characters were created in profile following the characteristics of the Mayan images. In addition, there are scenes that are recorded in Mayan ceramics or stones that represent passages from the Popol Vuh. There are scenes recreated almost verbatim, such as the scene of the sacrifice of the Lords of Xibalbá and the brothers shooting with the blowpipe.

Ana Maria Pavez.


Ana María Pavez is one of the founders of Editorial Amanuta and co-author of several books: Flavors of America and Darwin, a trip to the end of the world, among others. She is currently the publisher's General Editor.

Pigeon Valdivia She is an author, illustrator and editor of books, with a degree in design from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a postgraduate degree in Illustration from the EINA School in Barcelona, ​​Spain. He has received many awards and recognitions, including the honorable mention at the Bologna Book Fair, 2014 for Little Red Riding Hood, and the 2018 Cuatrogatos Foundation award for his book Nosotros.


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