In the Maw of the Earth Monster: Studies of Mesoamerican by James E. Brady,Keith M. Prufer

By James E. Brady,Keith M. Prufer

As portals to the supernatural realm that creates and animates the universe, caves have consistently been held sacred via the peoples of Mesoamerica. From precedent days to the current, Mesoamericans have made pilgrimages to caves for ceremonies starting from rituals of passage to petitions for rain and a abundant harvest. So vital have been caves to the pre-Hispanic peoples that they're pointed out in Maya hieroglyphic writing and portrayed within the critical Mexican and Oaxacan pictorial codices. Many historical settlements have been situated in proximity to caves.

This quantity gathers papers from twenty well-liked Mesoamerican archaeologists, linguists, and ethnographers to offer a cutting-edge survey of formality cave use in Mesoamerica from Pre-Columbian occasions to the current. prepared geographically, the e-book examines cave use in imperative Mexico, Oaxaca, and the Maya sector. a few stories current particular website experiences, whereas others provide new theoretical understandings of cave rituals. As an entire, the gathering validates cave examine because the leading edge of medical research of indigenous ritual and trust. It confirms that the indigenous spiritual approach of Mesoamerica used to be and nonetheless is way extra terrestrially targeted that has been commonly appreciated.

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