Into the Hearts of the Amazons: In Search of a Modern Matriarchy

Into the Hearts of the Amazons: In Search of a Modern Matriarchy

by Tom DeMott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0299216403

ISBN-13: 9780299216405

Pub. Date: 04/20/2006

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Into the Hearts of the Amazons is part rousing travel adventure through a little-known world and part popular ethnography, exploring how Zapotec women earned their legendary status in a remote corner of southern Mexico. To satisfy his curiosity about this culture, Tom DeMott journeyed to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, where he discovered a thriving modern-day

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Into the Hearts of the Amazons is part rousing travel adventure through a little-known world and part popular ethnography, exploring how Zapotec women earned their legendary status in a remote corner of southern Mexico. To satisfy his curiosity about this culture, Tom DeMott journeyed to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, where he discovered a thriving modern-day matriarchy among the people of the Isthmus—a cultural crossroads, breeding ground for rebels, and home to a half-million Zapotecs. DeMott integrated himself into the culture by joining in the rites of spring (where women pelt the men with fruit); by interviewing the women who control the marketplace where men are rarely seen; and by honoring the saints with drink and dance at all-night ceremonies. Evoking these singular women and their culture, DeMott tackles a primal question: What would life be like if women, rather than men, had the advantage?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299216405
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
04/20/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments....................ix
The Blue Mortuary....................3
The Politician....................18
Honoring San Vicente....................22
The Apologist....................34
Lavada....................37
The Russian....................55
Quintessential Isthmus Women....................58
The Kid....................67
Vela Zandunga....................70
The Spy....................89
The Other City Hall....................93
The Princess....................99
Purse Strings....................104
The Blaseña....................121
Tirada de Frutas....................126
The Radical....................138
Day of the Dead....................143
The Italian....................157
Bloqueo....................162
The Journalist....................173
Marketplace Tehuantepec....................177
The Filmmaker....................196
Inventing Santa Inés....................201
The Grad Student....................219
Green Mangos....................223
The Investigator....................236
The General's Daughter....................241
Epilogue....................251
Bibliography....................259
Index....................263

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