Native American Religions of Central and South America: Anthropology of the Sacred

Native American Religions of Central and South America: Anthropology of the Sacred

by Lawrence Sullivan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826411193

ISBN-13: 9780826411198

Pub. Date: 06/24/2002

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

The New World came into being in the Europeans' encounter with the indigenous religions and cultures of Central and South America. Yet these religions remain little known or are filtered through inadequate categories such as "animism," "superstition," or "syncretism." In this volume, an international group of the finest authorities

Overview

The New World came into being in the Europeans' encounter with the indigenous religions and cultures of Central and South America. Yet these religions remain little known or are filtered through inadequate categories such as "animism," "superstition," or "syncretism." In this volume, an international group of the finest authorities working on the subject provide rich descriptions and provocative interpretations of religious ideas rarely gathered in one place. Since an exhaustive treatment would be impossible (it is estimated that there could be as many as fifteen thousand different South American languages living or extinct), the aim is to illustrate something of the range of religious beliefs and practices through cases that are exemplary. The first part of the book describes the religious views of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca, dating from the time prior to contact with Europeans. The rest of the book treats contemporary cases from the major cultural and geographical areas of Central and South America. Whether the focus is on myth, architecture, ritual celebrations, or shamanic practice, each essay provides a distinctive profile of the culture in question.Contributors include David Carrasco, Edgardo J. Cordeu, Mercedes de la Garza, Alfredo López Austin, Juan Ossia Acuña, Alejandra Siffredi, Lawrence E. Sullivan, Terence Turner, Peter van der Loo, Robin M. Wright, and Reiner Tom Zuidema.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826411198
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
06/24/2002
Series:
Anthropology of the Sacred Series
Edition description:
ILLUSTRATE
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - Lawrence E. SullivanPart One: Central America1. Aztec Religion: Sacred Cities, Sacred Actions -David Carrasco2. Indigenous Mythology from Present-day Mexico -Alfredo López Austin3. Ritual and Myth in Tlapanec Life -Peter L. van der Loo4. Sacred Forces of the Mayan Universe -Mercedes de la GarzaPart Two: South America5. The World and Its End: Cosmologies and Eschatologies of South American Indians -Lawrence E. Sullivan6. Contemporary Indigenous Religious Life in Peru -Juan M. Ossio Acuña7. The Baniwa -Robin M. Wright8. Inca Religion: Its Foundations in the Central Andean Context -R. Tom Zuidema9. The Religion of the Chamacoco (Ishir) Indians -Edgardo Jorge Cordeu10. The Sacred as Alienated Social Consciousness: Ritual and Cosmology among the Kayapo - Terence Turner11. Fragments of Southern Tehuilche Religiosity and Myths -Alejandra SiffrediContributorsIndex

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