Book — 1 online resource (xxxix, 200 pages) : illustrations
Front Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Understanding Maya Religion in the New Millennium;
1: The Fiesta Patronál in Historical Context: The Festival System and Anthropological Theory;
2: Santiago and the Cofradía: Reorganizing the Tradition;
3: The Monkeys Dance: Adjusting the Performance;
4: Foreign Characters: Visualizing Identity in the Guatemalan Highlands in the Twenty-First Century;
5: The Dynamics of Contemporary: Maya Religious Tradition: Agency and Structure in Selected Case Studies.
Conclusion: The Future of Village-Level Indigenous ReligionNotes; References; Index; Back Cover.
Based on more than thirty years of ethnographic fieldwork in Highland Guatemala, this study of Maya diviners, shamans, ritual dancers, and religious brotherhoods describes the radical changes in traditional Maya religious practice wrought by economic globalisation and political turmoil. Focusing on the primary participants in the annual festival in the K'iche' Maya village of Santiago Momostenango, the authors show how older religious traditionalists and the new generation of "cultural activist" religious practitioners interact within a single local community, and how their competing agendas for adapting Maya religiosity to a new and continually changing political economy are perpetuating and changing Maya religious traditions. (source: Nielsen Book Data)