U Profesia Chilam Balam T ix kayom Cabal Chen Mani : Maya Prophecies and Cycles of Ritual, Place and Time

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title U Profesia Chilam Balam T ix kayom Cabal Chen Mani : Maya Prophecies and Cycles of Ritual, Place and Time
Author(s) Liljefors Persson, Bodil
Date 2014
English abstract
This article explores in Yucatec Maya ethnohistoric sources as well as in Early Colonial Texts how prophecies are connected to cyclical rituals of power and related to certain places of power that are of importance in the Yucatec Maya landscape over time. Some of these places are bearers of meaning that communicate spirituality and ritual power still today. These Early Colonial documents and others written by the Yucatec Maya themselves, such as the various Books of Chilam Balam, form the empirical basis for this paper. Colonial negotiations of aspects of ritual, place and power are found in these texts, but these concepts constantly interact throughout history – and thus similar negotiations are still taking place. In close relation to the religious processes of change in Yucatán we also find contexts of strong social and political relevance, in which different discourses of power meet. Another aim, even though it may seem a little random in an article like this, is to – at the end of this article – reflect on how to use popular cultural phenomenon like the “hype of 2012 on the internet,” and movies like 2009’s 2012 by Emmerich, to stimulate pupils and students in school to reflect upon and discuss questions like, e.g., the meaning of life, myth, history, religion, and place – and thus encourage them to engage in a study of Maya Culture from a historical as well as contemporary perspective. Aided by a combination of contextual approaches and close reading, and connecting to ideas and concepts within Postcolonial theory-building, the aim is to outline some examples of how the local Yucatec Maya Religion is expressed in (con-)texts from Yucatec Maya sources and Colonial administration sources. This article strives to analyze the Yucatec Maya Religious Discourse as it is constructed and created out of the impact of Colonialism and Christianity since the time of the Conquest.
Publisher Slovak Research and Development Agency
Host/Issue Axis Mundi : Slovak Research and Development Agency;1
Volume 9
ISSN 1337-0626
Pages 78-91
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Yucatec Maya
Books of Chilam Balam
religion
prophecies
rituals
popular culture
didactics
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18263 (link to this page)

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