Mexican Rural Development and the Plumed Serpent

Mexican Rural Development and the Plumed Serpent : Technology and Maya Cosmology in the Tropical Forest of Campeche, Mexico


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This is the first ethnography to be written about a Campeche Maya community. It examines the surviving Maya traditional technologies and sacred cosmologies and discusses the potential for combining these with modern knowledge and technologies to form an efficient new system that will not only provide for ecologically responsible development but will also make possible the cultural survival of this threatened indigenous population.

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 163.6 x 243.8 x 22.6mm | 607.13g
  • 30 Mar 1998
  • Greenwood Press
  • Westport
  • English
  • references, index
  • 0897894820
  • 9780897894821

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BETTY BERNICE FAUST is a Researcher and the Academic Coordinator of Human Ecology at the Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Merida, Mexico. She is a contributor to Women In Health (Bergin & Garvey, 1988).

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"Faust has provided an engaging ethnographic account on the Yucatec Maya....Her analysis correlates the social life of the Maya, their landscape, and ritual. Details on technological change and exploitation of water resources among the Maya provide a context for consideration of rural development and reflection on the potential for conservation of the natural world. The study is a personal narrative of engagement in the Maya culture by an anthropologist who is committed to advocacy."-Ellen R. Kintz, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Anthropology, SUNY Geneseo

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