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Mayan Poetry Translations The Receiving of the Flower excerpt from a Mayan love poem loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch Let us sing overflowing with joy as we observe the Receiving of the Flower. The lovely maidens beam; their hearts leap in their breasts. Why? Because they will soon yield their virginity to the men they love! ### The Deflowering excerpt from a Mayan love poem loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch Remove your clothes; let down your hair; become as naked as the day you were born— virgins! ### Prelude to Lovemaking excerpt from a Mayan love poem loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch Lay out your most beautiful clothes, maidens! The day of happiness has arrived! Grab your combs, detangle your hair, adorn your earlobes with gaudy pendants. Dress in white as becomes maidens ... Then go, give your lovers the happiness of your laughter! And all the village will rejoice with you, for the day of happiness has arrived! ### The Flower-Strewn Pool excerpt from a Mayan love poem loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch You have arrived at last in the woods where no one can see what you do at the flower-strewn pool ... Remove your clothes, unbraid your hair, become as you were when you first arrived here, virgins, maidens! These are my modern English translations of ancient Mayan love poems. Native Americans were creating poems and songs in pre-Columbian days; Mayan and Aztec literature may date back to the first millennium BCE. Unfortunately the Spanish conquerors of South America destroyed all but four of the thousands of pre-Columbian books that probably once existed (according to translator Michael Coe). Mayan hieroglyphs remain far from fully understood and dating what remains is difficult. However, the best poetry is timeless and I believe we can know our Mayan brothers and sisters a little better through their poems. Keywords/Tags: Native American, ancient, Mayan, poetry, translation, translations, love, virgin, virgins, virginity, sex, joy, happiness, flower, flowers, deflowering, clothes, hair, nudity, nakedness, wedding, marriage, true love, nature

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Date: 5/5/2020 4:40:00 PM
A fine interpretation, even though i do not really know this poet, from Mayan civilisation, and era.great poetry that succeeded to bring back the beauteous rituals of marriage. The rituals were similar among different tribes and people; the spirit of Nature lives within those people and their sacred beliefs.
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Michael Burch
Date: 5/5/2020 7:34:00 PM
The Mayans seemed to have a healthier attitude toward virginity and sex than where I live in puritanical America!