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Carrying the Word
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In Carrying the Word: The Concheros Dance in Mexico City, the first full length study of the Concheros dancers, Susanna Rostas explores the experience of this unique group, whose use of dance links rural religious practices with urban post-modern innovation in distinctive ways even within Mexican culture, which is rife with ritual dances. The Concheros blend Catholic and indigenous traditions in their performances, but are not governed by a predetermined set of beliefs; rather they are bound together by long standing interpersonal connections framed by the discipline of their tradition. The Concheros manifest their spirituality by means of the dance. Rostas traces how they construct their identity and beliefs, both individual and communal, by its means. The book offers new insights into the experience of dancing as a Conchero while also exploring their history, organization and practices. Carrying the Word provides a new way for audiences to understand the Conchero's dance tradition, and will be of interest to students and scholars of contemporary Mesoamerica. Those studying identity, religion, and tradition will find this social-anthropological work particularly enlightening.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Preface & Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xix
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  1. 1: Incongruous Beginnings
  2. pp. xx-17
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  1. Part One: The Experiential Context
  2. pp. 19-64
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  1. 2: The Concheros
  2. pp. 20-41
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  1. 3: The Obligations: Framing the Context
  2. pp. 42-64
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  1. Part Two: The Experiential Nexus: Forming the Self
  2. pp. 65-146
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  1. 4: Agency and the Dance: Ritualization and the Performative
  2. pp. 66-85
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  1. 5: Conchero Speak: Carrying the Word
  2. pp. 86-102
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  1. 6: Clothing Matters
  2. pp. 103-128
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  1. 7: Why Dance?
  2. pp. 129-146
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  1. Part Three: Power Concerns: Performing the Self
  2. p. 147
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  1. 8: Alliances and Identity Politics
  2. pp. 148-164
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  1. 9: Oral Tradition, Myth, and History
  2. pp. 165-190
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  1. 10: The Mexica and Mexicanidad
  2. pp. 191-208
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 209-223
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  1. Appendix 1: Timelines for Santo Nino de Atocha
  2. pp. 225-226
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  1. Appendix 2: Spanish and English Names of Dances, 1989
  2. p. 227
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  1. Appendix 3: Spanish and Nahuatl Names of Santo Nino de Atocha's Dances, 2001
  2. p. 228
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  1. Appendix 4: Principal Mesas in Mexico City of Significance to Santo Nino de Atocha
  2. pp. 229-231
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  1. Appendix 5: Genealogy of the Mesas of Santo Nino de Atocha and San Juan de Los Lagos
  2. p. 232
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 233-265
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 267-272
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 273-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-303
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