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The '''Popol Vuh''', or "book of council" tells the [[Maya peoples|Maya]] creation story.  Much of what modern scholars have learned about pre-Columbian Maya [[cosmogony]] comes from from a version of the Popol Vuh that was written down in the mid sixteenth century by an unknown K'iche' author, probably a member of the elite, in his own language using the newly introduced Latin script of the Spanish conquistadors and from a copy of that text made by a Spanish priest, Francisco XimenezScenes from the Popol Vuh are commonly found in friezes and on ceramics excavated at pre-Hispanic archaeological sites in the Maya region and the story's legacy persists in a variety of ways in modern Maya cultures.
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The '''Popol Vuh''', or "book of council" tells the [[Maya peoples|Maya]] creation story.  The original Popol Vuh was written in Maya hieroglyphics, but to date no hieroglyphic version has been located.  The oldest surviving copy was made by a Spanish priest, Francisco Ximenez, from a version that was written down in the mid sixteenth century by an unknown K'iche' author in his own language using the newly introduced Roman alphabet of the Spanish conquistadors.  Pre-Columbian records of the Maya creation story do exist: scenes depicted in the Popol Vuh abound in the archaeological record of the Maya region.  What is more, parts of the story persist in a variety of ways in modern Maya cultures.

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The Popol Vuh, or "book of council" tells the Maya creation story. The original Popol Vuh was written in Maya hieroglyphics, but to date no hieroglyphic version has been located. The oldest surviving copy was made by a Spanish priest, Francisco Ximenez, from a version that was written down in the mid sixteenth century by an unknown K'iche' author in his own language using the newly introduced Roman alphabet of the Spanish conquistadors. Pre-Columbian records of the Maya creation story do exist: scenes depicted in the Popol Vuh abound in the archaeological record of the Maya region. What is more, parts of the story persist in a variety of ways in modern Maya cultures.