Mexican Rural Development and the Plumed Serpent: Technology and Maya Cosmology in the Tropical Forest of Campeche, Mexico / Edition 1

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Overview

This is the first ethnography to be written about a Campeche Maya community. It examines the surviving Maya traditional technologies and sacred cosmologies and discusses the potential for combining these with modern knowledge and technologies to form an efficient new system that will not only provide for ecologically responsible development but will also make possible the cultural survival of this threatened indigenous population.

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Based on her eleven years in the modernizing Maya community of Pich, Campeche, Mexico, Faust (human ecology, Centro de Investigaci<'o>n y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Polit<'e>cnico Nacional, M<'e>rida, Mexico) describes traditional values and their relevance to maintaining subsistence security during short-term climactic fluctuations. Her detailed accounts describe the manner in which primitive methods of water control, exploitation of game and forest products, beliefs, and rituals reflect and reinforce the integration of humans with other components of the ecosystem. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897896993
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

BETTY BERNICE FAUST is a Researcher and the Academic Coordinator of Human Ecology at the Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Merida, Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Plumed Serpent and Rural Development
1 Fieldwork: Navigating Friendships in the Dark 1
2 Maya Cultural Heritage 25
3 Past Transformations of Maya Technology 51
4 Working for Water from the Earth and the Sky 77
5 Growing the Sacred Bread 113
6 The Plumed Serpent, Rural Development, and the Future of the Biosphere 153
References 165
Index 181
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