It is one of the most important works on ancient Mayan customs. It contains data on buildings, the environment, customs, beliefs and history. Its greatest contribution is having provided the key to deciphering chronological glyphs and the calendar, which laid the foundations for pinpointing correctly the important dates of one of the most advanced civilizations in pre-Hispanic America. Collections | Roots | An Account of the Things of Yucatan
An Account of the Things of Yucatan
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| Account things yucatan
9 | Introduction
| An account of yucatan taken from the writings of Fray Diego de Landa of the Franciscan Order
23 | Description of Yucatan. The various seasons
24 | Etymology of the province´s name. Its position
| Captivity of Geronimo de Aguilar.
29 | The expedition of Cortes of Cozumel. A letter to Aguilar and his companions
32 | Provinces of Yucatan, The most important ancient buildings
35 | Kukulkan. The founding of Mayapan
37 | Government, priesthood, science, letters and books in Yucatan
| Arrival of the Tutul-Xiu and the alliance they made with the rulersof Mayapan, the Tyranny of Cocom.
39 | The loss of his power and the fall of the city of Mayapan
42 | Chronological monuments of Mayapan. Founding of the Zotuta regin. Origin of the Cheles. The Three principal realms in Yucatan
44 | Several disasters suffered in Yucatan in the century before the Conquest: hurricanes, plages, wars, etc.
45 | Prophesies about the arrival of the Spanish. Biography of Francisco de Montejo, first governor general of Yucatan.
| Montejo sails to to Yucatan and takes possession of The country. The Chels yield to him the town of Chichen-Itza.
48 | The indians oblige him to leave them
| Montego leaves Yucatan with his men and goes to Mexico.
49 | His son, Francisco de Montejo, afterwards pacifies the land.
| The position of Yucatan after the departure of the Spanish.
51 | Don Francisco, the governor´s son, reestablishes Spanish rule in Yucatan
| The cruelty of the Spanish to the natives.
53 | How they excused themselves
| The state of thye country before the Conquest. An uprising. A royal decree in favor of the Indians.
55 | Death of Governor Montejo. His descendants
| Arrival of the Spanish Franciscan friars in Yucatan.
| The protection they gave to the natives.
56 | Their troubles with the encomenderos
| The vices of the Indians. The friars study the language of the country. Their teaching to the Natives.
58 | The punishment for apostates.
60 | The arrival of bishop Toral. Release of arbitrarily imprisioned Indians. Landa´s voyage to Spain to Justify the acts of the Franciscans.
| The Fasion of building houses in Yucatan.
| The obedience and respect of the Indians for their rulers.
62 | Their way of adorning their heads and wearing their clothes.
65 | The food and drink of the Indians of Yucatan.
66 | The Indian´s painting and tattooing. Their drunkenness, Feasts, pantomimes, music and dances.
| Industry, trade and money. Agriculture and seeds.
69 | Justice and hospitality.
Fray Diego de Landa
Heraclio Ramírez, José Narro
21.5 x 14.5 cm – 8.46 x 5.71 in
ISBN 978 970 9019 02 5
Written in the 16th century by the Bishop of Yucatán, it is based on the oral traditions of the ancient Mayas.
It is one of the most important works on ancient Mayan customs. It contains data on buildings, the environment, customs, beliefs and history. Its greatest contribution is having provided the key to deciphering chronological glyphs and the calendar, which laid the foundations for pinpointing correctly the important dates of one of the most advanced civilizations in pre-Hispanic America.
It was written between 1563 and 1572 by Diego de Landa, a Franciscan friar who arrived in Yucatán shortly after the Conquest. As an ethnologist, the author obtained his information from natives and conquistadors by means of direct interviews. He was a polemical personage, since in addition to compiling this work, he devoted himself to severely combating the old pagan beliefs in order to impose Christianity.
This valuable work is essential for knowing the Yucatán of before and after the Conquest.
Did you know that the Russian linguist, epigraphist and ethnologist Yuri Knorozov succeeded in deciphering Mayan writing based on Landa’s work.
In 1945, when he took part in the battle of Berlin, he recovered from a fire in the National Library a copy of the Account of the things of Yucatán and by means of Landa’s alphabet in the fifties decade he interpreted a great many Maya symbols that had thus far been incomprehensible.