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VASSALLO RODRIGUEZ, Miguel. Evanescence in translations from Chilam Balam of Chumayel: maize and beans from the South, lima beans from the East, and ritual pozol. Estud. cult. maya [online]. 2016, vol.47, pp.119-150. ISSN 0185-2574.

This paper is an attempt to restitute the original meaning of Maya translations of some paragraphs contained in the first page of the Chilam Balam of Chumayel. The verses contained at the initial section of the Maya text show the cosmological conception associated with the beginnings of this era, when the elements of the Axis mundi split into four directions. Some translations and editions omit the mention of maize and/or beans in the south and the lima beans in the east; this omission mutilates the complete meaning of this part of the text, where they are evidently present. I also attempt to restitute the presence of ritual pozol (saka') and tzune in two of the Zuyua than interrogations, where they were misidentified as atole in all the Chumayel editions.

Keywords : Chilam Balam; cosmic directions; maize; pozol; tzune.

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