Maya Worldviews at Conquest examines Maya culture and
social life just prior to contact and the effect the subsequent
Spanish conquest, as well as contact with other Mesoamerican
cultures, had on the Maya worldview.
Focusing on the Postclassic and Colonial periods, Maya
Worldviews at Conquest provides a regional investigation of
archaeological and epigraphic evidence of Maya ideology, landscape,
historical consciousness, ritual practices, and religious symbolism
before and during the Spanish conquest. Through careful
investigation, the volume focuses on the impact of conversion,
hybridization, resistance, and revitalization on the Mayans'
understanding of their world and their place in it.
The volume also addresses the issue of anthropologists
unconsciously projecting their modern worldviews on the culture
under investigation. Thus, the book critically defines and
strengthens the use of worldviews in the scholarly literature
regardless of the culture studied, making it of value not only to
Maya scholars but also to those interested in the anthropologist's
projection of worldview on other cultures in general.
Subjects: Sociology, Archaeology, Anthropology, History
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