The Jaguar and the Priest : An Ethnography of Tzeltal Souls available in Hardcover
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- University of Texas Press
In this pathfinding ethnography, which was originally published in Spanish in 1996 as Ch’ulel: una etnografía de las almas tzeltales and is now extensively rewritten and amplified in English, Pedro Pitarch offers a new understanding of indigenous concepts of the soul, personhood, and historical memory in highland Chiapas. Exploring numerous aspects of indigenous culture and history—medicine and shamanism, geography and cosmology, and politics and kinship among them—he engages in a radical rethinking of classic issues in Mesoamerican anthropology, such as ethnicity and alterity, community and tradition, and change and permanence.
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About the Author
PEDRO PITARCH is Professor of Anthropology at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and Invited Researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Indígenas in Chiapas. He has edited or coedited several books, among them Human Rights in the Maya Region: Global Politics, Moral Engagements, and Cultural Contentions.
Table of ContentsForeword by Roy Wagner Preface
1. Introduction What Are the Souls?
The Self as European Conversations about Souls The Town of Cancuc
2. The Ethnography of Souls The Bird of Our Heart The ch'ulel The ch'ulel in ch'iibal Mountain The ch'ulel inside the Heart Dreams Death and the ch'ulel The lab Lab That Are Animals Water lab Meteor lab The "Illness-Giver" lab The lab as Personal Power Complete Human Beings The Internal lab The Transference of lab Further Interpretations
3. Souls and Signs Signs in Gestures Signs in Dreams
"Comparing, Harmonizing like Voices"
The Person Words Fostering Knowledge
4. The European Within The Magic Mountain A Perpetual Fiesta Castilian Features in the lab The Ethnic Contrast between Heart and Head Loss of the Senses and Exposing the Heart
5. Animism as History Birds of the Heart, Livestock, Metal Tools Priests Scribes and Writing Cattle Ranchers Christian Music The lab "Mothers-Fathers" and Coffee Cultivation Soul History and the Body
6. Narrative, Ritual, Silence The Past in Narrative Exceptions to Neutrality Ritual Christian Rituals, Indian Simulation Difficulties of Dialogue with the "Castilians"
Crosses New Religious Identifications
7. The Mirror in the Saints The Body of the Saints Saints in Narrative Images of Origins in the Mirror
8. A Case of Healing: Text and Ritual The Ceremony The Text Commentary
9. Conclusion: The Fold Person, History, and Memory The Counterpoint between the Indigenous and the European The Redoubling of the Other Appendix: An Outline of Tzeltal Souls Notes Bibliography Index