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245 00 Beneath the Jungle and Beyond|h[electronic resource] /
       |cDirected by Dale Johnson 
260    Derry, NH :|bChip Taylor Communications,|c2010. 
300    1 online resource (75 min.) 
306    011455 
520    Mesoamerica. About 13000 years before the time of Christ a
       consortium of autonomous city/kingdoms developed and 
       flourished in a region now mapped as southern Mexico, 
       Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. They thrived until around
       the fifteenth century AD, leaving behind astounding 
       monuments to the energy, industry, and ingenuity of their 
       populations. They built temples rivaling those of Egypt, 
       not as large, but more extensive; and they used a calendar
       more accurate than our own. Today, the descendants of 
       those ancient Maya still populate this same region of 
       Central America; many are still farmers and ranchers. In 
       some areas, Mennonite farmers have laid claim to the land 
       and are making it productive in their own way. In Belize, 
       which is an English-speaking country, only German is 
       spoken in one Mennonite colony. They are cool to outsiders,
       and also seem to have preserved some sense of still being 
       in the nineteenth century; they travel by horse and buggy 
       or carriage - or walk. A bride and groom may receive a new
       handmade buggy as a cherished wedding gift. In the 
       highlands of Guatemala, ancient rituals are still 
       practiced, where chickens are sacrificed, rather than 
       humans, to old Mayan deities. Christian beliefs are often 
       mixed with those ancient and obscure practices in quixotic
       ways; sometimes on mountaintops, sometimes on the steps of
       a cathedral. Copan, in Honduras, was found buried in the 
       jungle in the 1830's; it is a magnificent complex of 
       temples underlain by recently discovered tunnels. Here we 
       find the great Hieroglyphic Stairway of Copan, which is 
       perhaps the largest single text in the world, certainly 
       the longest text from pre-Columbian America. The Barrier 
       Reef of the Caribbean, along the eastern shore of Belize, 
       is a contrast to the ancient Mayan world. Submerged with 
       the fish, we get a chance to see a surprising variety of 
       underwater life that thrives here, even though the reef 
       itself faces a list of threats to its very existence. 
       Lastly, modern cities contrast with remote villages, and 
       both are part of this thriving world today that has 
       emerged from a jungle beginning. 
546    In English. 
650  4 Social Sciences -- Anthropology -- Archaeological 
       anthropology 
650  4 Social Sciences -- Anthropology -- Cultural anthropology 
650  4 Ancient civilizations 
651  4 Central America 
700 1  Johnson, Dale|4drt 
700 1  Mortimer, Sandy|4nrt 
700 1  Johnson, Dale|4nrt 
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