Carrying The Word

Author: Susanna Rostas
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 1457109492
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Carrying The Word from the Author: Susanna Rostas. 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

Indigenes Erbe Im Internet

Author: Laura M. Corkovic
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839440017
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Indigenes Erbe Im Internet from the Author: Laura M. Corkovic. Die Chicanos kĂ€mpfen seit den spĂ€ten 1960er Jahren um kulturelle Anerkennung und soziale Gleichberechtigung in der US-amerikanischen Gesellschaft. Ihr indigenes Erbe stellt dabei ein essentielles Element der eigenen IdentitĂ€t und kĂŒnstlerischen AuthentizitĂ€t dar. Ausgehend von 27 Interviews mit Chicano-Fotografen und -Aktivisten wie Delilah Montoya, Kathy Vargas, Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Harry Gamboa Jr., Oscar Castillo, Orlando Lara, Robert C. BuitrĂłn und David Bacon analysiert Laura M. Corkovic, wie effizient sie das Internet fĂŒr ihren Kampf nutzen. In vier konkreten Fallstudien arbeitet sie die Bedeutung der indigenen Kulturen in der zeitgenössischen Chicano-Fotografie sowie ihre Online-PrĂ€sentation im Vergleich zu den Printmedien heraus.

In The Shadow Of Cort S

Author: Kathleen Ann Myers
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816521034
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In The Shadow Of Cort S from the Author: Kathleen Ann Myers. "In the Shadow of Cortes" offers a visual and cultural history of the legacy of the contact between Spaniards and indigenous civilizations of Mexico. Kathleen Ann Myers reveals how the symbolic geography of the conquest fuels a historical memory of colonialism that continues to shape lives today."

The Neo Indians

Author: Jacques Galinier
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 1607322749
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The Neo Indians from the Author: Jacques Galinier. The Neo-Indians is a rich ethnographic study of the emergence of the neo-Indian movement—a new form of Indian identity based on largely reinvented pre-colonial cultures and comprising a diverse group of people attempting to re-create purified pre-colonial indigenous beliefs and ritual practices without the contaminating influences of modern society. There is no full-time neo-Indian. Both indigenous and non-indigenous practitioners assume Indian identities only when deemed spiritually significant. In their daily lives, they are average members of modern society, dressing in Western clothing, working at middle-class jobs, and retaining their traditional religious identities. As a result of this part-time status the neo-Indians are often overlooked as a subject of study, making this book the first anthropological analysis of the movement. Galinier and MoliniĂ© present and analyze four decades of ethnographic research focusing on Mexico and Peru, the two major areas of the movement’s genesis. They examine the use of public space, describe the neo-Indian ceremonies, provide analysis of the ceremonies’ symbolism, and explore the close relationship between the neo-Indian religion and tourism. The Neo-Indians will be of great interest to ethnographers, anthropologists, and scholars of Latin American history, religion, and cultural studies.

The Madrid Codex

Author: Gabrielle Vail
Publisher: Univ Pr of Colorado
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The Madrid Codex from the Author: Gabrielle Vail. This volume offers new calendrical models and methodologies for reading, dating, and interpreting the general significance of the Madrid Codex. The longest of the surviving Maya codices, the Madrid Codex includes texts and images painted by scribes conversant in Maya hieroglyphic writing, a written means of communication practiced by Maya elites from the second to the fifteenth centuries A.D. Some scholars have recently argued that the Madrid Codex originated in the PetĂƒĂ‚Â©n region of Guatemala and post-dates European contact. The contributors to this volume challenge that view by demonstrating convincingly that it originated in northern Yucatán and was painted in the Pre-Columbian era. In addition, several contributors reveal provocative connections among the Madrid and Borgia group of codices from Central Mexico.

Sweeping The Way

Author: Catherine R. DiCesare
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Sweeping The Way from the Author: Catherine R. DiCesare. Incorporating human sacrifice, flaying, and mock warfare, the pre-Columbian Mexican ceremony known as Ochpaniztli, or “Sweeping,” has long attracted attention. Although among the best known of eighteen annual ceremonies, Ochpaniztli’s significance has nevertheless been poorly understood. Ochpaniztli is known mainly from early colonial illustrated manuscripts produced in cross-cultural collaboration between Spanish missionary-chroniclers and native Mexican informants and artists. Although scholars typically privilege the manuscripts’ textual descriptions, Sweeping the Way examines the fundamental role of their pictorial elements, which significantly expand the information contained in the texts. DiCesare emphasizes the primacy of the regalia, ritual implements, and adornments of the patron “goddess” as the point of intersection between sacred, cosmic forces and ceremonial celebrants. The associations of these paraphernalia indicate that Ochpaniztli was a period of purification rituals, designed to transform and protect individual and communal bodies alike. Spanish friars were unable to apprehend the complex nature of the festival’s patroness, ultimately fragmenting her identity into categories meeting their expectations, which continues to vex modern investigations. Taken together, the variety of Ochpaniztli sources offer a useful tool for addressing myriad issues of translation and transformation in pre-Columbian and post-conquest Mexico, as Christian friars and native Mexicans together negotiated a complex body of information about outlawed ritual practices and proscribed sacred entities.

In The Maw Of The Earth Monster

Author: James E. Brady
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292756151
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In The Maw Of The Earth Monster from the Author: James E. Brady. As portals to the supernatural realm that creates and animates the universe, caves have always been held sacred by the peoples of Mesoamerica. From ancient times to the present, Mesoamericans have made pilgrimages to caves for ceremonies ranging from rituals of passage to petitions for rain and a plentiful harvest. So important were caves to the pre-Hispanic peoples that they are mentioned in Maya hieroglyphic writing and portrayed in the Central Mexican and Oaxacan pictorial codices. Many ancient settlements were located in proximity to caves. This volume gathers papers from twenty prominent Mesoamerican archaeologists, linguists, and ethnographers to present a state-of-the-art survey of ritual cave use in Mesoamerica from Pre-Columbian times to the present. Organized geographically, the book examines cave use in Central Mexico, Oaxaca, and the Maya region. Some reports present detailed site studies, while others offer new theoretical understandings of cave rituals. As a whole, the collection validates cave study as the cutting edge of scientific investigation of indigenous ritual and belief. It confirms that the indigenous religious system of Mesoamerica was and still is much more terrestrially focused that has been generally appreciated.

Risus Sacer Sacrum Risibile

Author: Katja Gvozdeva
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039115204
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Risus Sacer Sacrum Risibile from the Author: Katja Gvozdeva. Heiligkeit und Heiterkeit sind, so scheint es, strikt voneinander getrennt: Gehort das Heilige ganz dem Bereich des Statisch-Ernsthaften und Bedeutungsvollen an, so erscheint das Lachen als Ausdruck lauter Spontaneitat und lustbetonter Subversion. Wahrend die theoretischen Disziplinen - sowohl die Religionswissenschaft als auch die Lachtheorien - von der Moglichkeit des Zusammentreffens des Lachens mit dem religiosen Bewusstsein und kultischen Handlungen weitgehend absehen, liefern demgegenuber kulturelle Praktiken unzahlige Beispiele ihrer Verzahnung. Die Beitrage dieses Bandes untersuchen im kulturhistorischen Vergleich die vielfaltigen Funktionsweisen des Lachens im Rahmen der performativen Prozesse, die das Heilige hervorbringen, erneuern und verandern. Die Einzelanalysen aus den Bereichen der Soziologie und Ethnologie, Religionswissenschaft und Philosophie, Geschichts-, Kunst- und Literaturwissenschaft, der Kunstgeschichte und Philosophie betrachten die Zusammenhange zwischen Kult- und Lachpraktiken in einer grossen Bandbreite von religiosen und 'religioiden' Phanomenen unterschiedlicher kultureller und historischer Provenienz. Sie machen deutlich, dass das Lachen in unterschiedlichen religiosen Kontexten - Mythen, Ritualen und mystischen Ubungen - nicht als Eindringen des Profanen in den sakralen Rahmen, sondern als integraler Bestandteil sakraler Prozesse und kultischer Handlungen begriffen werden kann."

Wilder Mann

Author: Charles Fréger
ISBN: 9783868282955
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Wilder Mann from the Author: Charles Fréger. Each year, throughout Europe, from Scotland to Bulgaria, from Finland to Italy, from Portugal to Greece via France, Switzerland and Germany, people literally put themselves into the skin of the "savage," in masquerades that stretch back centuries. The rituals are centuries old and celebrate the seasonal cycle, fertility, life, and death By becoming a bear, a goat, a stag, a wild boar, a man of straw, a devil, or a monster with jaws of steel, these people celebrate the cycle of life and seasons. The costumes amaze with their extraordinary diversity and prodigious beauty. Work on this project took leading French photographer Charles Fréger to eighteen European countries in search of the mythological figure of the Wild Man.