Maya Pilgrimage to Ritual Landscapes: Insights from Archaeology, History, and Ethnography

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UNM Press, Jun 15, 2014 - History - 376 pages
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Pilgrimage to ritually significant places is a part of daily life in the Maya world. These journeys involve important social and practical concerns, such as the maintenance of food sources and world order. Frequent pilgrimages to ceremonial hills to pay offerings to spiritual forces for good harvests, for instance, are just as necessary for farming as planting fields. Why has Maya pilgrimage to ritual landscapes prevailed from the distant past and why are journeys to ritual landscapes important in Maya religion? How can archaeologists recognize Maya pilgrimage, and how does it compare to similar behavior at ritual landscapes around the world? The author addresses these questions and others through cross-cultural comparisons, archaeological data, and ethnographic insights.

 

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Contents

Ritual Landscapes Pilgrimage and Cultures in the Southern Maya Region
1
Pilgrimage Ritual Landscapes and Material Culture
37
Ritual Landscapes Communicating Places and Community
100
Homes of the Earth Lords Maya Caves Ruins and Boulders
153
Creation and the Moon Goddess Maya Islands and Ritual Waters
201
Mountains of Sustenance and Cliffs of Paradise in Maya Pilgrimage
242
Conclusions Interpreting Maya Ritual Landscapes and Pilgrimage
299
References Cited
321
Index
361
Back Cover
375
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Joel W. Palka is an associate professor of anthropology and Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of Unconquered Lacandon Maya: Ethnohistory and Archaeology of Indigenous Culture Change.

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