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"This book is significant, as it is the first edited volume in more than two decades to focus on the Postclassic and Colonial period Maya. It brings together a diverse body of literature, useful for scholars studying all periods of Maya history. It also provides excellent comparative case studies to be used by Colonial period scholars working around the globe."—Maxine Oland, Journal of Anthropological Research

"Maya Worldviews at Conquest contributes a renewed perspective on the anthropological concept of worldview by focusing on the articulation of multiple worldviews: past and present, familiar and foreign, conflictive and collaborative. This contribtion is best seen as a collective rather than as a singular argument from any one individual chapter." —Christina T. Halperin, Cambridge Archaeological Journal

Maya Worldviews at Conquest examines Maya culture and social life just prior to contact and the effect the subsequent Spanish conquest, as well as contact with other Mesoamerican cultures, had on the Maya worldview. Focusing on the Postclassic and Colonial periods, Maya Worldviews at Conquest provides a regional investigation of archaeological and epigraphic evidence of Maya ideology, landscape, historical consciousness, ritual practices, and religious symbolism before and during the Spanish conquest. Through careful investigation, the volume focuses on the impact of conversion, hybridization, resistance, and revitalization on the Mayans' understanding of their world and their place in it. The volume also addresses the issue of anthropologists unconsciously projecting their modern worldviews on the culture under investigation. Thus, the book critically defines and strengthens the use of worldviews in the scholarly literature regardless of the culture studied, making it of value not only to Maya scholars but also to those interested in the anthropologist's projection of worldview on other cultures in general.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. xi-xi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Chapter 1: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Chapter 2: Close Encounters
  2. pp. 16-38
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  1. Chapter 3: “In Recalling Things Past, I Strengthen My Heart”: Accommodating the Past in Early Colonial Yucatán
  2. pp. 39-59
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  1. Chapter 4: Time, History, and Worldview
  2. pp. 60-82
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  1. Chapter 5: Cosmology and Creation in Late Postclassic Maya Literature and Art
  2. pp. 83-110
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  1. Chapter 6: Colonial Cave Art in the Northern Maya Lowlands: The Dark Side of the Maya Worldview after the Conquest
  2. pp. 111-133
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  1. Chapter 8: Mesoamerican Communicating Objects: Mayan Worldviews Before, During, and After Spanish Contact
  2. pp. 160-182
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  1. Chapter 9: Clash of Worldviews in Late Mayap
  2. pp. 184-204
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  1. Chapter 10: Religious Resistance and Persistence on Cozumel Island
  2. pp. 205-217
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  1. Chapter 11: Changes in Maya Religious Worldview: Liminality and the Archaeological Record
  2. pp. 219-237
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  1. Chapter 12: Kowoj Worldview: A View from Tipu
  2. pp. 239-260
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  1. Chapter 13: Agency and Worldviews of the Unconquered Lacandon Maya
  2. pp. 261-278
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  1. Chapter 14: Music Syncretism in the Postclassic K’iche’ Warrior Dance and the Colonial Period Baile de los Moros y Cristianos
  2. pp. 279-297
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  1. Chapter 15: Footpath of the Dawn, Footpath of the Sun: Maya Worldviews at Lake Atitl
  2. pp. 299-315
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  1. Chapter 16: Maya Sacred Landscapes at Contact
  2. pp. 317-334
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 335-405
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 407-411
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 413-426
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607320029
Print ISBN
9780870819452
MARC Record
OCLC
558844310
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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