Rituals of Sacrifice

Rituals of Sacrifice

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Living and working among the Tz'utujil Maya people of Santiago AtitlAin in highland Guatemala for some fifteen years, Vincent Stanzione has observed, photographed, and participated in their ritual and ceremonial life, which he describes with unique authority in this account of the continuities in Mayan culture from pre-Columbian times to the present. qThis book represents both a confirmation and an innovation in the scholarship and field work about the religious imagination and rites of passage of Maya peoples. I know of no book that is as able to a) link the pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary religious practices of these peoples into a coherent narrative, b) combine anthropological/religious studies theory with linguistics and ongoing field work as creatively and c) illuminate the debate between models of 'syncretism' and 'transculturation' about a contemporary ritual cycle as Stanzione's beautifully illustrated work.q--David Carrasco, Harvard Universityof magically spun thread they had fed their looms. ... their head ribbons, their rainbow serpents, from around their wise heads and began winding them around Mam while they ... Mam, placed him on his shoulder, and began dancing out the steps of the ancient songs while Mam rode on him like a a#39;New Yeara#39; born into time.

Title:Rituals of Sacrifice
Author: Vincent James Stanzione, Paul Harbaugh, Angelika Bauer
Publisher:UNM Press - 2000

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