University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Judith A. Storniolo

Out of the Past and Into the Night

Ancient Mythical Dwarfs in Modern Yucatan

By: Judith A. Storniolo

In his book, The Maya’s Own Words, Thomas Ballantine Irving translates a passage in the Popol Vuh, the creation myth of the K’iche’ Maya, regarding a creation of beings prior to humans identified as dwarfs. Creation narratives told in Yucatan also tell of a world, before the present, when the gods fashioned a race of […]