Renewing the Maya World (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
304
Utgivningsdatum
2000-10-01
Upplaga
illustrated ed
Förlag
University of Texas Press
Illustratör/Fotograf
3 maps 22 photos, 1 figure 4 tables
Illustrationer
22 photos, 1 figure, 3 maps, 4 tables
Dimensioner
228 x 152 x 22 mm
Vikt
508 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
2:B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound on Creme w/Gloss Lam
ISBN
9780292712256
Renewing the Maya World (häftad)

Renewing the Maya World

Expressive Culture in a Highland Town

Häftad Engelska, 2000-10-01
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Each year in the Highland Guatemala town of Santiago Momostenango, Maya religious societies, dance teams, and cofradias perform the annual cycle of rituals and festivals prescribed by Costumbre (syncretized Maya Christian religion), which serves to renew the cosmic order. In this richly detailed ethnography, Garrett Cook explores how these festivals of Jesucristo and the saints derive from and reenact three major ancient Maya creation myths, thus revealing patterns of continuity between contemporary expressive culture and the myths, rituals, and iconography of the Classic and Postclassic Maya. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in the 1970s and renewed in the 1990s, Cook describes the expressive culture tradition performed in and by the cofradias and their dance teams. He listens as dancers and cofrades explain the meaning of service and of the major ritual symbols in the cults of the saints and Jesucristo. Comparing these symbols to iconographic evidence from Palenque and myths from the Popol Vuh, Cook persuasively argues that the expressive culture of Momostenango enacts major Maya creation myths-the transformative sunrise, the representation of the year as the life cycle of anthropomorphized nature, and the erection of an axis mundi. This research documents specific patterns of continuity and discontinuity in the communal expression of Maya religious and cosmogonic themes. Along with other recent research, it demonstrates the survival of a basic Maya pattern-the world-creating vegetative renewal cycle-in the highland Maya cults of the saints and Jesucristo.
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  • Indigenous Religion and Cultural Performance in the New Maya World

    Garrett W Cook, Thomas A Offit

    Based on more than thirty years of ethnographic fieldwork in Highland Guatemala, this study of Maya diviners, shamans, ritual dancers, and religious brotherhoods describes the radical changes in traditional Maya religious practice wrought by econo...

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"Renewing the Maya World is based on long-term fieldwork and close attention to recent scholarship on pre-Columbian Maya." Times Literary Supplement, August 16, 2002

Övrig information

Garrett W. Cook is Professor of Anthropology at Baylor University.

Innehållsförteckning

List of Narratives Preface Chapter 1: Introduction Santiago Momostenango In the Time of the Great Earthquake: The Fieldwork and Its Setting A Collection of Texts Organization of the Work Part 1: The Institutional Context Chapter 2: Religious Sodalities of Momostenango: The Communal Cult Institutions Saints and Sodalities The Sodalities and Ritual Complexes The Cofradias The Dance Teams Serving Jesucristo and the Saints Chapter 3: Traveling Saints Nino San Antonio Patron Santiago Replication in Momostecan Cult Institutions Maya Themes in the Cult of the Saints Part 2: The Ritual Symbols and Their Meanings Chapter 4: Cosmogonic Tree Raisings and Sunrises World Trees and Momostecan Cosmogony The Conquest and the Spanish Sunrise Chapter 5: Secrets and Ordeals of Holy Week Costumbrista Holy Week San Simon Corpus and Santa Cruz Serpentine Flowers from the Coast The Tzulab The Flowering Cross and Quichean Tradition Chapter 6: Continuity in the Quichean Expressive Culture Tradition Continuity Sodalities, Saints, and Cabawils A Complicated Quichean Tradition of Idolatry World Trees at Momostenango and Palenque Continuity in the Central Rite of Renewal: The Holy Week Complex and Quichean Tradition Notes Glossary Bibliography Index