Carlos Mérida. Estampas Del Popol Vuh. 1943. 

A series of original lithographs by the Guatemalan artist Mérida published in Mexico in the 1940s. The pieces are based on the 16th century Mayan manuscript Popol Vuh, the Quiché people’s elaborately poetic book of creation, a “Book of the People.” More completely: “a corpus of mytho-historical narratives of the Post-Classic people of the Western Guatemalan Highlands. Popol Vuh’s prominent features are its creation myth, its diluvian suggestion, its epic tales of the Hero Twins Hunahpú and Xbalanqué, and its genealogies. The myth begins with the exploits of anthropomorphic ancestors and concludes with a regnal genealogy, perhaps as an assertion of rule by divine right. As with other texts, a great deal of Popol Vuh’s significance lies in the scarcity of early accounts dealing with Mesoamerican mythologies.”

Vista lateral, Edificio de la Torre Banobras (Banco Nacional Hipotecario - hoy Torre Insignia) con murale de Carlos Mérida en lado del campanario, av. Ricardo Flores Magon esq. av. Insurgentes Norte, Nonoalco-Tlatelolco, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México 1962

Arqs. Mario Pani y Luis Ramos

Side view, Banobras Tower Building (National Mortgage Bank - now Insignia Tower) with mural by Carlos Merida on the side of the campanile, av. Ricard Flores Magon at Insurgentes, Norte, Nonoalco-Tlatelolco, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City 1962


Lithographs of Popol Vuh (1943)

Carlos Merida,  Mexico/Guatemala  
Based on the text of the Popol Vuh,
a document written in the 16th century
telling the mythological history of the Maya Quiche lineage.
Each print is accompanied by a passage from the Popul Vuh.