Telling Maya Tales: Tzotzil Identities in Modern Mexico

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Telling Maya Tales offers an experimental ethnographic portrait of the San Juan Chamula, the largest and most influential Maya community of Highland Chiapas, in the late twentieth century--the era of the Zapatistas. In this collection of essays, the author, whose field work in the area spans two generations of anthropological thought, explores several expressions of Tzotzil ethnic affirmation, ranging from oral narrative to ritual drama and political action. His work covers the current era, when the Chamula ...
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Telling Maya Tales offers an experimental ethnographic portrait of the San Juan Chamula, the largest and most influential Maya community of Highland Chiapas, in the late twentieth century--the era of the Zapatistas. In this collection of essays, the author, whose field work in the area spans two generations of anthropological thought, explores several expressions of Tzotzil ethnic affirmation, ranging from oral narrative to ritual drama and political action. His work covers the current era, when the Chamula Tzotzils mingle chaotically and sometimes violently with the social and political space of modern Mexico--most recently, in the context of the Maya Zapatista movement of 1994.
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Offers a multiscenario ethnographic portrait of the Chamula Tzotzils in the late 20th century, and chronicles the author's own effort to move from traditional approaches to experiment with new forms of representation more suited to representing the contested spaces and evolving ethnic affirmations that characterize the modern Chaipas region. Chapters consist of essays written during the period 1986 to the present, and incorporate the voices of Tzotzil storytellers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415914666
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary H. Gossen is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at SUNY, Albany. He is the author of Chamulas in the World of the Sun(1974).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface: Telling Maya Tales
1 The Other in Chamula Tzotzil Cosmology and History: Reflections of a Kansan in Chiapas 1
2 True Ancient Words 31
3 On the Human Condition and the Moral Order 55
4 Language and Indians' Place in Chiapas 77
5 The Chamula Festival of Games: Native Macroanalysis and Social Commentary in a Maya Carnival 105
6 The Topography of Ancient Maya Religious Pluralism: A Dialogue with the Present 159
7 Indians Inside and Outside of the Mexican National Idea: A Case Study of the Modern Diaspora of San Juan Chamula 189
8 Life, Death, and Apotheosis of a Chamula Protestant Leader: Biography as Social History 209
9 From Olmecs to Zapatistas: A Once and Future History of Maya Souls 225
10 Maya Zapatistas Move to an Open Future 247
Permissions Acknowledgments 267
Notes 269
References 281
Index 295
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