The Heart of the Sky by Peter Canby
Travels Among the Maya

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New Yorker editor Peter Canby spent two years studying Mayan culture, both past and present, to provide this vivid portrait of these enigmatic people, their life style and beliefs. A fascinating glimpse into a world long forgotten by outsiders. 15 maps.
 

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Published June 1, 1994 by Kodansha Amer Inc. 384 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Using scholarly texts for historical background and contemporary analysis, Canby evokes in colorful and sympathetic detail the remarkable story of a people's will to survive, but barriers between the Anglo and Maya worldviews remain largely intact, so the result of the author's trip is less a jou...

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Part travelogue, part anthropological study and part cultural history, this book attempts to place the extant seven million Maya of Mexico and Central America--most live in Guatemala and Honduras--into a contemporary perspective.

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Mayan civilization is mistakenly thought to have peaked and perished in the 9th century, but Peter Canby's The Heart of the Sky documents the contemporary Maya, seven million strong, who live in Guatemala, southern Mexico, Honduras, and Belize.

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