Books about the Mayans

After reading Mayan Backroads, and John Doran’s recommended books, I was inspired to go back into The People’s Guide to Mexico’s original website and update some of the books that Carl and others had reviewed there.  For these and other books and articles about the Maya, see The Maya: Recommended Reading

While poking around, I also found some interesting books that I hadn’t seen before, such as The True history of Chocolate and Maya Achi Marimba Music In Guatemala.

If you have read either one of these books, or have any other book that you’d recommend, please email us.  Please include at least a couple of sentences telling us why you liked it.

The Maya: Ancient Peoples and Places, by M.D. Coe (Seventh Edition)

Archaeologist Coe has a rare talent for explaining pre-Columbian history in terms that even I can understand. His overviews of the Mayan world are especially good. (review by Carl Franz)

I Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

A very disturbing biography of the Nobel Prize winning Mayan activist. The editor, Elizabeth Burgas-Debray, conducted a series of interviews with Rigoberta Menchu, a Guatemalan Indian woman. She provides an understanding of everyday life in her community, plus gives insights into

cultural discrimination, political struggles, customs beliefs

and more. Rigoberta Menchu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. (Reviewed by Kathy Widing)

The-Ancient-Maya by M.D.Coe (6th-Edition)

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Maya Achi Marimba Music In Guatemala by Sergio 

Navarrete Pellicer.

The True history of Chocolate, by Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe

Cover-Palenque-eternal-cityPalenque: Eternal City of the Maya by David Stuart


Reading Maya Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Maya Painting and Sculpture, by Andrea Stone & Marc Zender

See more recommended books and articles on the Mayan Culture at:

 The Maya: Recommended Reading