One of the most thought-provoking works to march onto the field of Guatemalan history, this recent publication by José Daniel Contreras Reinoso and Jorge Luján Muñoz will provoke intense debate amongst Mayanists and historians of the early colonial period. This slim book contains six essays by the two well-known and respected historians. Each essay is meant to be self-sufficient, with some minor overlap in their content, but they have been arranged thematically to address recent research into the famous Kaqchikel chronicle of the Xajilá clan of Sololá. Based on this original document, thought to have been written by a series of separate authors and copied by a single scribe, the Memorial provides a unique window into the mythical past of the Kaqchikel peoples and their migration to Guatemala. It also offers an alternative view of the subsequent Spanish contact and conquest by those normally voiceless in the later chronicles and...

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