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    Maya History and Religion (Civilization of the American Indian (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) J. Eric S. Thompson

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    DescriptionBelieving that Maya studies today are "suffering from imbalance," J. Eric S. Thompson here approaches Maya history and religion from the standpoint of ethno-history. Present-day archaeologists often tend to restrict their curiosity to their excavations and social anthropologists to observe the modern Maya as members of a somewhat primitive society in an era of change. In this volume, a distinguished Maya scholar seeks to correlate data from colonial writings and observations of the modern Indian with archaeological information in order to extend and clarify the panorama of Maya culture.The shock of the Spanish Conquest was devastating to the Maya. Not only were they placed under the domination of a people uninterested in their ancient ways, but their religion was proscribed, they were removed from their familiar settlements into new areas, and new diseases were introduced which ravaged their civilization. In spite of these ordeals, the Maya have clung closely to the old ways, and Maya culture is still very much alive, though slowly giving way before modern technology and influences.Topics discussed include Putun Maya expansion in Yucatan and the Pasion drainage, the depopulation of the Maya Central area at the time of the Conquest on account of newly introduced diseases, the location of the controversial eastern boundary of the Maya area, trade relations between the highlands and the lowlands, the use of hallucinatory drugs and tobacco, lowlands Maya religion, and the creation myths of the Maya in relation to those of other Middle American cultures.Mr. Thompson's approach to Maya life will prove thought-provoking to archaeologists, ethnologists, historians, and all others interested in the ancient Maya civilization.


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    Title
    Maya History and Religion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J. Eric S. Thompson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780806122472
    ISBN 10: 0806122471
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    DC21: 932
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CULT/LATAME
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 03
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A15601800
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000, HIS007000
    DC22: 972.81016
    LC subject heading:
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    University of Oklahoma Press
    Imprint name
    University of Oklahoma Press
    Publication date
    31 December 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Oklahoma