Place, power, and prophecy : ritual space and speech among the Yucatec Maya from colonial time to present time

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Title Place, power, and prophecy : ritual space and speech among the Yucatec Maya from colonial time to present time
Author Liljefors Persson, Bodil
Editor Boute, Bruno ; Småberg, Thomas
Date 2012
English abstract
This chapter discuss Ritual Space and Speech as central components in Yucatec Maya religion over time. The analysis is based on texts, i.e. manuscripts recording myths, historiography, medical and astrological treatises, as well as empirical fieldwork. In the chapter Post-Colonial Theory is combined with historical ecology. The sacralised, cultural, landscape is seen as a mediator between the physical landscape and the Maya cosmology and articulated in the prophecies that are recorded in the texts. The resilience of Maya belief is explained by a homology between actor, play, and stage and is brought about by tested, multi-layered ritual procedures that are both agricultural and cosmological. These rituals connect the Pre-Columbian cosmology that they make present with the landscape they organise and sacralize, and that are performed by ritual specialists in relation to Post-Colonial powers and a Mayanized, syncretistic Christianity.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004240032_007 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Brill
Host/Issue Devising order : socio-religious models, rituals, and the performativity of practice
Series/Issue Religious history and culture series;60
ISSN 1572-4107
ISBN 978-90-04-23674-5
Pages 103-123
Language eng (iso)
Subject Books of Chilam Balam
ritual
prophecy
power
ritual place
ritual speech
Post-Colonial theory
Yucatec Maya religion
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
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