Performing the Renewal of Community: Indigenous Easter Rituals in North Mexico and Southwest United States

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Anthropologists—as well as the Yaquis and many of the other indigenous peoples of Mexico and of Latin America in general—have recognized the intense and penetrating symbolism which is ritualized in the Easter dramas. This book is about the role of the Easter rituals in the Yaqui way of life in both Arizona and Sonora. It contains detailed ethnographic descriptions of these ceremonies. Contents: Preface; PART I: Introduction; Lent and Semana Santa in Northwestern Mexico and Southwestern United States; Semana ...
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Overview

Anthropologists—as well as the Yaquis and many of the other indigenous peoples of Mexico and of Latin America in general—have recognized the intense and penetrating symbolism which is ritualized in the Easter dramas. This book is about the role of the Easter rituals in the Yaqui way of life in both Arizona and Sonora. It contains detailed ethnographic descriptions of these ceremonies. Contents: Preface; PART I: Introduction; Lent and Semana Santa in Northwestern Mexico and Southwestern United States; Semana Santa; PART II: Variations in Holy Week Ceremonies; Holy Week in Potam; Yaqui Holy Week: Potam, Rio Yaqui, and Pascua, Arizona, Compared; Some Notes on European Liturgical Drama and the Cahitan Semanas Santas; The Chapayeka Complex: Change and Persistence of Forms; Waehma: Space, Time, Identity, and Theater at New Pascula, Arizona; Easter, Keruk, and Wigita; The Jupare Mayo Easter Ceremonial; Lenten Ceremonials in Two Villages of the Mayo Valley; An Opata Holy Week Ceremonial Complex; Semana Santa Rituals and Modernization: Cultural Continuity and Change in Meresichic (Marobavi) Sonora, Mexico, 1955-1985; Tohono O'Odham (Papago) Easter in the Baboquivari District; Raramuri Easter; Tarahumara Easter Ceremonialism and the Mesoamerican Civil Religious Hierarchy; The Holy Days Among the Coras of Jesus Maria; Bivak: Semana Santa Among the Huichol of San Andres Cohamiata; PART III: Conclusions.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761805793
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The Project
I Introduction
1 Lent and Semana Santa in Northwestern Mexico and Southwestern United States 3
2 Semana Santa 15
II Variations in Holy Week Ceremonies
3 Holy Week in Potam 25
4 Yaqui Holy Week: Potam, Rio Yaqui, and Pascua, Arizona, Compared 87
5 Some Notes in European Liturgical Drama and the Cahitan Semanas Santas 117
6 The Chapayeka Complex: Change and Persistence of Forms 127
7 Waehma: Space, Time, Identity, and Theater at New Pascua, Arizona 151
8 Easter, Keruk, and Wi:Gita 185
9 The Jupare Mayo Easter Ceremonial 219
10 Lenten Ceremonials in Two Villages of the Mayo Valley 273
11 An Opata Holy Week Ceremonial Complex 289
12 Semana Santa Rituals and Modernization: Cultural Continuity and Change in Meresichic Marobavi Sonora, Mexico, 1955-1985 317
13 Tohono O'Odham Papago Easter in the Baboquivari District 355
14 Raramuri Easter 365
15 Takahumara Easter Ceremonialism and the Mesoamerican Civil-Religious Hierarchy 423
16 The Holy Days among the Coras of Jesus Maria 451
17 Bivak: Semana Santa among the Huichol of San Andres Cohamiata 487
III Conclusions
18 Summary and Conclusions 517
Appendices 575
References 583
Index 605
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