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The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel: Literature of the Yucatan Mayans; the Religion, Calendar and Legends of the Maya Civilization

(Recommended by Maya Midwifery) (English translation available via Amazon)

From Amazon: The Book of Chilam Balam contains the myths, legends and folklore of the Mayan civilization, as well as abundant insights into the religious ceremonies and cultural heritage of the Maya. Centuries of lore, written as hieroglyphics upon stone, allowed archaeologists and historians to reconstruct the various beliefs and customs that underpinned Mayan life. The Yucatan peninsula was the crucible of this complex and intricate mythos; it is comprised of prophecies for the Mayan priesthood, spiritual tenets to be observed by worshippers, historical accounts and even medical knowledge. Chilam is the name of the greatest prophet; his words were considered to be directly from the Gods, and were accorded the highest importance in the intensely pious society of the Mayans.

Popol Vuh: The Definitive Edition of The Mayan Book of The Dawn of Life and The Glories of Gods and Kings 

(Recommended by Maya Midwifery) (English translation available via Amazon)

From Amazon: Popol Vuh, the Quiché Mayan book of creation, is not only the most important text in the native languages of the Americas, it is also an extraordinary document of the human imagination. It begins with the deeds of Mayan gods in the darkness of a primeval sea and ends with the radiant splendor of the Mayan lords who founded the Quiché kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands. Originally written in Mayan hieroglyphs, it was transcribed into the Roman alphabet in the sixteenth century.
This new edition of Dennis Tedlock’s unabridged, widely praised translation includes new notes and commentary, newly translated passages, newly deciphered hieroglyphs, and over forty new illustrations.


When the Mountains Tremble

Recommended by Maya Midwifery. Available to rent or buy via Vimeo and aired on some PBS stations. This film tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú and has been updated in the decades since. (See filmmaker’s update via PBS at

Granito: How To Nail A Dictator

Follow up documentary to “When the Mountains Tremble,” available for streaming via Vimeo.


Music From Guatemala, Vol. 1

Available via CD and streaming.

Archivo de Guatemala

Music from the Guatemala City Cathedral Archive.

Available via CD and streaming.