(The sacred Book of the Yucatec Maya):
The Books of Chilam Balam are handwritten, chiefly 17th and 18th-centuries Maya miscellanies, named after the small Yucatec towns where they were originally kept, and preserving important traditional knowledge in which indigenous Maya and early Spanish traditions have coalesced. Written in the Yucatec Maya language and using the Latin alphabet, the manuscripts are attributed to a legendary author called Chilam Balam, a chilam being a priest who gives prophecies and balam a common surname meaning 'Jaguar'. Some of the texts actually contain prophecies about the coming of the Spaniards to Yucatán while mentioning a chilam Balam as their first author.
Nine Books of Chilam Balam are known, most importantly those from Chumayel, Mani, and Tizimin but more have existed. Taken together, the Books of Chilam Balam give the fullness of 18th-century Yucatec-Maya spiritual life. Whereas the medical texts and chronicles are quite matter-of-fact, the riddles and prognostications make abundant use of traditional Mayan metaphors. This holds even more true of the mythological and ritualistic texts, which, cast in abstruse language, plainly belong to esoteric lore. The historical texts derive part of their importance from the fact that they have been cast in the framework of the native Maya calendar, partly adapted to the European calendrical system.
The Books of Chilam Balam are :
1. The Chilam Balam of Chumayel
2. The Chilam Balam of Tizimin
3. The Chilam Balam of Chan Cah
4. The Chilam Balam of Ixil
5. The Chilam Balam of Kaua
6. The Chilam Balam of Tekax
7. The Chilam Balam of Mani
8. The Chilam Balam of Tusik
9. The Chilam Balam of Nah
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