rainforest jungle is famed for its diversity of exotic animals.
How did the ancient Maya really feel about these animals?
Did they think of them simply as a resource to be hunted
and eaten? Were some of them treated as pets? Were some of
them hunted simply as trophies to be displayed with pride?
Or did the Maya consider these animals to be part of their
spiritual world -- in some cases alternate souls of the people
themselves? I have spent the last few years gathering data
that I will incorporate into an interactive CDROM encyclopedia
that can be used by anyone interested in the Maya peoples,
in the animals of the tropical rainforest, or even in the
many ways that people interact with the animals of the world
around them. The encyclopedia includes biogeographic and biological
information on the behaviour, habitats, and characteristics
of the animals themselves, and anthropological information
on the ancient and modern use of these animals as resource,
companion, and symbol.