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Into the Hearts of the Amazons
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Into the Hearts of the Amazons is part rousing travel adventure through a little-known world and part popular ethnography, exploring how Zapotec women earned their legendary status in a remote corner of southern Mexico. To satisfy his curiosity about this culture, Tom DeMott journeyed to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, where he discovered a thriving modern-day matriarchy among the people of the Isthmus—a cultural crossroads, breeding ground for rebels, and home to a half-million Zapotecs. DeMott integrated himself into the culture by joining in the rites of spring (where women pelt the men with fruit); by interviewing the women who control the marketplace where men are rarely seen; and by honoring the saints with drink and dance at all-night ceremonies. Evoking these singular women and their culture, DeMott tackles a primal question: What would life be like if women, rather than men, had the advantage?

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. The Blue Mortuary
  2. pp. 3-17
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  1. The Politician
  2. pp. 18-21
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  1. Honoring San Vicente
  2. pp. 22-33
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  1. The Apologist
  2. pp. 34-36
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  1. Lavada
  2. pp. 37-54
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  1. The Russian
  2. pp. 55-57
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  1. Quintessential Isthmus Women
  2. pp. 58-66
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  1. The Kid
  2. pp. 67-69
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  1. Vela Zandunga
  2. pp. 70-88
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  1. The Spy
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. The Other City Hall
  2. pp. 93-98
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  1. The Princess
  2. pp. 99-103
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  1. Purse Strings
  2. pp. 104-120
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  1. The Blase
  2. pp. 121-125
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  1. Tirada de Frutas
  2. pp. 126-137
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  1. The Radical
  2. pp. 138-142
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  1. Day of the Dead
  2. pp. 143-156
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  1. The Italian
  2. pp. 157-161
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  1. Bloqueo
  2. pp. 162-172
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  1. The Journalist
  2. pp. 173-176
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  1. Marketplace Tehuantepec
  2. pp. 177-195
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  1. The Filmmaker
  2. pp. 196-200
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  1. Inventing Santa In
  2. pp. 201-218
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  1. The Grad Student
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. Green Mangos
  2. pp. 223-235
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  1. The Investigator
  2. pp. 236-240
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  1. The General’s Daughter
  2. pp. 241-250
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 251-258
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 259-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-268
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