Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


Popol Vuh, K'iche'-Maya creation stories, ancient Maya, ancient K'iche', primordial world, creation of the Earth


The following extracts are from Allen J. Christenson's free translation of the creation accounts found in the Popol Vuh. According to Christenson, this religious book of the K'iche'-Maya was completed in the mid-16th century, yet it contains "ancient theological concepts current among the people of Mesoamerica at a time contemporaneous with Book of Mormon history." Readers interested in the following accounts may wish to consult Christenson's complete translation of the Popol Vuh (see article on page 1) because of the helpful glosses that are not reproduced here.