Blowing in the Wind : Divination and Curing Rituals among the Yucatec Maya based on the Books of Chilam Balam

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Blowing in the Wind : Divination and Curing Rituals among the Yucatec Maya based on the Books of Chilam Balam
Author(s) Liljefors Persson, Bodil
Date 2006
English abstract
This article focuses on medicinal rituals and agricultural rituals among the Yucatec Maya from Early Colonial time to the present in Yucatan, Mexico. Healing Rituals connected to curing diseases caused by winds such as chan ik, the hot wind, as well as agricultural rituals such as the cha chaac, the rain rituals, are discussed in a long term perspective. Also the religious specialists called Hmenoob, more often translated as the Maya shamans, and their position in society as well as their ritual practices are presented in this article. The discussions are based on close readings and contextual analysis of the native Yucatec Maya sources called the Books of Chilam Balam and the Ritual of the Bacabs.
Publisher The Swedish Americanist Society
Host/Issue Acta Americana : journal of the Swedish Americanist Society : revista de la Sociedad Sueca de Americanistas;1-2: Continuities and Changes in Mesoamerican Medicinal Practice
Volume 10
ISSN 1104-4446
Pages 20-33
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Yucatec Maya
Books of Chilam Balam
Ritual of the Bacabs
medicinal rituals
agrarian rituals
bad winds
hot
cold
"ik"
"cha chaac"
"hmenoob"
shaman
religious specialist
change and continuity
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17134 (link to this page)

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