Ancient peoples created myths to help explain the world around them-creation, death and the underworld, seasons and agriculture, natural disasters, class structure in society, and commerce. Myths Understood features important myths from different ancient cultures and describes the roles and relationships of the gods that were the foundation of their religions. Understanding Mesoamerican Myths explores the roles and relationships of the heroes and gods in early Mesoamerica. Several myths, including "The Hero Twins Hunuaphu and Xbalanque" and "Quetzalcoatal and the Ant," are retold, describing how these stories helped people in ancient Mesoamerica interpret their world. Book jacket.
Understanding Mesoamerican Myths
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