reading notes - Popul Vuh u25cf What about its origin...

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Popul VuhWhat about its origin raises questions about the text? Why is this an issue? How does Bazzett seek to answer this question? Do you find his point persuasive?What is the role of myth in the world’s created and lived in by humans? What questions do they seek to answer? How do they do so? Are myths simply primitive stories that can be dispensed with?As compared with other myths with which you might be familiar (Biblical, Quranic, Vedic), what are some distinguishing features of this myth? Why does it matter that the Popul Vuh seems to woven of dualities? As opposed to what? Does this fact suggest anything about the way K’iche’ Maya understood their relationship to the world, to each other?What is the relationship to nature seen through the eyes of the twins?What, ultimately, do the twins accomplish? How does the storyline differ from a Biblical one?What is it to be human, as far as the Popul Vuh seems to be concerned? What shall we make of the fact that once the twins enable true humans to be, they are almost too perfect? What does Bazzett suggest as a way of understanding this outcome?
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What does he mean in arguing that there are two major forms of communication, one between man andman, and the other between man and the world?

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