"When the ancient readers of Popol Vuh took the roles of diviners and
astronomers, seeking the proper date for a ceremony or a momentous political
act, we may guess that they looked up specific passages, pondered their meanings,
and rendered an opinion.
But the authors of the alphabetic [version of] Popol Vuh tell us that there were also occasions on which readers offered 'a long performance and account' whose subject was the lighting of the whole kajulew or 'sky-earth', which is the Quiché way of saying 'world'.
If a divinatory reading or pondering was a way of recovering the depth of vision enjoyed by the first four humans, a long performance, in which readers may well have covered every major subject in the entire book, was a way of recovering the full cosmic sweep of that vision."