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    DescriptionFor the pre-conquest Maya, sexuality was a part of ritual discourse and performance, and all sex acts were understood in terms of their power to create, maintain, and destroy society. As post-conquest Maya adapted to life under colonial rule, they neither fully abandoned these views nor completely adopted the formulation of sexuality prescribed by Spanish Catholicism. Instead, they evolved hybridised notions of sexual desire, represented in the figure of the Virgin Mary as a sexual goddess, whose sex acts embodied both creative and destructive components. This highly innovative book decodes the process through which this colonization of Yucatecan Maya sexual desire occurred. Pete Sigal frames the discussion around a series of texts, including the "Books of Chilam Balam" and the "Ritual of the Bacabs", that were written by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Maya nobles to elucidate the history, religion, and philosophy of the Yucatecan Maya communities. Drawing on the insights of philology, discourse analysis, and deconstruction, he analyses the sexual fantasies, fears, and desires that are presented, often unintentionally, in the "margins" of these texts and shows how they illuminate issues of colonialism, power, ritual, and gender. Pete Sigal is Assistant Professor of Latin American History at California State University, Los Angeles.


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    Title
    From Moon Goddesses to Virgins
    Subtitle
    The Colonization of Yucatecan Maya Sexual Desire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Sigal
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 344
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 532 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780292777538
    ISBN 10: 0292777531
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC, HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JHM, JFSJ, VFVC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.2
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KL
    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME
    BISAC V2.8: PSY016000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEXICN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 03
    B&T Approval Code: A33660000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, SOC002010
    B&T Approval Code: A33204200
    BIC subject category V2: 1KL
    DC22: 306.7/089/974152
    LC classification: F1435.3.R3 S54 2000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 306.70899741
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC21: 306.7097265
    Thema V1.0: JHM, VFVC, JBSF, NHKA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KL
    Illustrations note
    14 line drawings
    Publisher
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    01 June 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    "This is a bold, fascinating, often highly original contribution to the field of Maya studies, and Maya colonial ethnohistory in particular... Because of its subject matter, it will appeal to both specialists in Latin American history and academic and non-academic readers interested in the study of sexuality." -Susan Kellogg, Associate Professor of History, University of Houston
    Back cover copy
    For the preconquest Maya, sexuality was a part of ritual discourse and performance, and all sex acts were understood in terms of their power to create, maintain, and destroy society. As postconquest Maya adapted to life under colonial rule, they neither fully abandoned these views nor completely adopted the formulation of sexuality prescribed by Spanish Catholicism. Instead, they evolved hybridized notions of sexual desire, represented in the figure of the Virgin Mary as a sexual goddess, whose sex acts embodied both creative and destructive components.This highly innovative book decodes the process through which this colonization of Yucatecan Maya sexual desire occurred. Pete Sigal frames the discussion around a series of texts, including the Books of Chilam Balam and the Ritual of the Bacabs, that were written by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Maya nobles to elucidate the history, religion, and philosophy of the Yucatecan Maya communities. Drawing on the insights of philology, discourse analysis, and deconstruction, he analyzes the sexual fantasies, fears, and desires that are presented, often unintentionally, in the "margins" of these texts and shows how they illuminate issues of colonialism, power, ritual, and gender.
    Table of contents
    Contents: Searching for the Moon Goddess; Religion and Family; Framing Maya Sexual Desire; Fornicationg with Priests, Communicationg with Gods; The Unvirgin Virgin; Gender, Lineage, and the Blood of Rulers; Blood, Semen, and Ritual; Transsexuality and the Floating Phallus; Ritualized Bisexuality; Finding the Virgin Mary