|About the Book|
The Maya of Central America have been called the Greeks of the New World. In the first millennium A.D. they created the most intellectually and artistically advanced civilization of the Americas. In ensuing centuries, as neighbouring empires fell in warfare and the Spanish Invasion swept across their continent, the Maya endured, shaken but never destroyed. Ronald Wrights journey through time and space takes him to the lands of the ancient Maya, as well as among the five million people who speak Mayan languages and preserve a Mayan identity today. His travels take him to tiny Belize, the jungles and mountains of Guatemala -- bloodstained by a recent civil war -- and Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula. Embracing history, politics, anthropology, and literature, Time among the Maya is both a fascinating travel memoir and the study of a great civilization.