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Pilgrimage to ritually significant places is a part of daily life in the Maya world. These journeys involve important social and practical concerns, such as the maintenance of food sources and world order. Frequent pilgrimages to ceremonial hills to pay offerings to spiritual forces for good harvests, for instance, are just as necessary for farming as planting fields. Why has Maya pilgrimage to ritual landscapes prevailed from the distant past and why are journeys to ritual landscapes important in Maya religion? How can archaeologists recognize Maya pilgrimage, and how does it compare to similar behavior at ritual landscapes around the world? The author addresses these questions and others through cross-cultural comparisons, archaeological data, and ethnographic insights.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. 1. Ritual Landscapes, Pilgrimage, and Cultures in the Southern Maya Region
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. 2. Pilgrimage, Ritual Landscapes, and Material Culture
  2. pp. 37-99
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  1. 3. Ritual Landscapes, Communicating Places, and Community
  2. pp. 100-152
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  1. 4. Homes of the Earth Lords: Maya Caves, Ruins, and Boulders
  2. pp. 153-200
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  1. 5. Creation and the Moon Goddess: Maya Islands and Ritual Waters
  2. pp. 201-241
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  1. 6. Mountains of Sustenance and Cliffs of Paradise in Maya Pilgrimage
  2. pp. 242-298
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  1. 7. Conclusions: Interpreting Maya Ritual Landscapes and Pilgrimage
  2. pp. 299-320
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 321-360
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 361-374
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826354754
Related ISBN
9780826354747
MARC Record
OCLC
881366943
Pages
376
Launched on MUSE
2014-06-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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