Lawrence Watt-Evans <***@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:15:40 -0000 (UTC), D B Davis <***@crcomp.net>
>>> Btw, does everyone here remember the planet Ixchel, in the book?
>>> In a travel book, I stumbled on another meaning of that name - something
>>> that almost no one seems to talk about - online!
>>> Here's one thing I did find:
>>> "The planet Ixchel is named for the Mayan goddess of the rainbow and
>>> patron of medicine. This name is appropriate because Ixchel, like the
>>> Biblical rainbow of the Noah's ark story, offers Meg the opportunity
>>> for renewal and restoration, even though the planet is devoid of color."
>>> I also found - surprise! - that L'Engle didn't invent the name Camazotz either!
>>> Guess where it comes from?
>>IIRC, either LeGuin or Sheldon found it amazing that we can communicate
>>at all. Anyhow, back in the day, how on Earth did L'Engle dig up that
> Maybe on vacation in Mexico? Maya is still spoken in Yucatan and
> Quintana Roo. Or rather, multiple Mayan languages are.
> Or maybe a museum exhibit. Even before the internet, books weren't
> the only place to learn this stuff.
"The Women Men Don't See" (Tiptree) is a favorite of mine. It takes
place in Quintana Roo, which was part of the Mayan Empire back in the
The first Hollywood treatment of _The Lathe of Heaven_ (LeGuin) (but
/not/ the novel) also briefly touches on the Mayan Empire, for ?dream
symbology?, of all things. In this excerpt, a oneirologist named Habor
talks with his assistant, named Crouch.
Habor. Well, Miss Crouch, I'd like you to do some research for me.
Use a computer linked up to the Library of Congress in the lobby.
Do you think the others will mind?
Crouch. No, I don't think so, I was definitely got allowed.
Habor. Good. I'd like you to get me as much information is possible
on the effective dreams symbology in pre-Columbian culture.
Crouch. I may be a while.
Habor. Take as much time as you need. - Be very thorough,
Crouch. Yes, Doctor.
_Man and His Symbols_ (Jung) is a companion book to one of my
favorites - _Man and Time_ (Priestley). The Jung doesn't treat
pre-Columbian symbology as particularly noteworthy. So maybe the
treatment just uses poetic license.