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by Jean Molesky-Poz

eBook Contemporary Maya Spirituality: The Ancient Ways Are Not Lost epub
  • ISBN: 0292713150
  • Author: Jean Molesky-Poz
  • Genre: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Social Sciences
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (August 1, 2008)
  • Pages: 223 pages
  • ePUB size: 1867 kb
  • FB2 size 1998 kb
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She reveals significant continuities between contemporary and ancient Maya worldviews and spiritual practices.

Since the mid-1980s, when Guatemala returned to civilian rule and achieved relative peace and stability, the Maya have begun openly expressing their spiritual beliefs and practices. She reveals significant continuities between contemporary and ancient Maya worldviews and spiritual practices. Molesky-Poz opens with a discussion of how the public emergence of Maya spirituality is situated within the religious political history of the Guatemalan highlands, particularly the recent pan-Maya movement.

Jean Molesky-Poz draws on in-depth dialogues with Maya Ajq'ijab' (keepers of the ritual calendar), her own participant .

Jean Molesky-Poz draws on in-depth dialogues with Maya Ajq'ijab' (keepers of the ritual calendar), her own participant observation, and inter-disciplinary resources to offer a comprehensive, innovative, and well-grounded understanding of contemporary Maya spirituality and its theological underpinnings.

Home Browse Books Book details, Contemporary Maya Spirituality: The Ancient Ways. Contemporary Maya Spirituality: The Ancient Ways Are Not Lost. These communities, with legacies of traditional Maya beliefs and practices for tens of thousands of years, have been the objects of many religious projects in the past five centuries: the long tyrannical shadow which passed from the north in Pedro de Alvarado's invasion in 1524; the imposition of Spanish Catholicism during the colonial period; the introduction of Protestantism during the anticlerical liberal.

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Contemporary Maya Spirituality: The Ancient Ways Are Not Lost. Published by: University of Texas Press. She investigates Maya cosmovision and its foundational principles, as expressed by Ajq'ijab'. At the heart of this work, Ajq'ijab' interpret their obligation, lives, and spiritual work.

Jean Molesky-Poz draws on in-depth dialogues with Maya Ajq'ijab' . Chapter 7. The Ancient Things Received from Our Parents Are Not Lost

Jean Molesky-Poz draws on in-depth dialogues with Maya Ajq'ijab' (keepers of the ritual calendar), her own participant observation, and inter-disciplinary resources to offer a comprehensive, innovative, and well-grounded understanding of contemporary Maya spirituality and its theological underpinnings. The Ancient Things Received from Our Parents Are Not Lost. The primary goal of this book is to illuminate ancestral Maya spiritual beliefs and practices that have significance for individual, collective, and historical lives.

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By Jean Molesky-Poz" Journal of the American Academy of Religion 76, 1 (2008): 174-176. Commission for Historical Clarification. Acts of genocide" (1999). The Latin America Readers. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

Since the mid-1980s, when Guatemala returned to civilian rule and achieved relative peace and stability, the Maya have begun openly expressing their spiritual beliefs and practices. Jean Molesky-Poz draws on in-depth dialogues with Maya Ajq'ijab' (keepers of the ritual calendar), her own participant observation, and inter-disciplinary resources to offer a comprehensive, innovative, and well-grounded understanding of contemporary Maya spirituality and its theological underpinnings. She reveals significant continuities between contemporary and ancient Maya worldviews and spiritual practices.

Molesky-Poz opens with a discussion of how the public emergence of Maya spirituality is situated within the religious political history of the Guatemalan highlands, particularly the recent pan-Maya movement. She investigates Maya cosmovision and its foundational principles, as expressed by Ajq'ijab'. At the heart of this work, Ajq'ijab' interpret their obligation, lives, and spiritual work. In subsequent chapters, Molesky-Poz explores aspects of Maya spirituality—sacred geography (the reciprocal relationship between the earth and humans, sacred places, and the significance of the cross or quatrefoil map), sacred time (how the 260-day sacred calendar is "the heart of the wisdom of the Maya," the matrix of Maya culture), and ritual practice (the distinct way and method of ancestral study, with special attention to fire ceremonialism). She confirms contemporary Maya spirituality as a faith tradition with elaborate historical roots that has significance for individual, collective, and historical lives, reaffirming its own public space and legal right to be practiced.

Comments: (6)
Aloo
I have been to Santiago, Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and Chichicastinango and witnessed and been part of the ritual practices and been welcomed into the homes of the people. I wish that I had read this book years ago before those trips. It gave me a much deeper understanding on how the practices of communication with the very real living sacred presence of everything in the lives of these people is not a religion but a way of life. Jean Molesky-Poz writes with such clarity of her own experiences mixed with an understanding of the practices . I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a culture and civilization that gave life to 3000 years of Central American art, architecture, science, books and a way of life that is still alive today.
Laitchai
I read this book in preparation for a trip to the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala. I couldn't have chosen a better book. The author focuses on the area where our team was working, building stoves for Maya villagers. We were in an area where the people still wear traditional dress and speak Maya languages. Two experts validated my opinion of the book, one a local Maya man and another a professor from UC Davis. Molesky-Poz reviewed his upcoming book on Maya healing. Molesky-Poz's outlines the brutal history of the region during the civil war of the 1980s and 1990s In the first chapter and then focuses on the complicated beliefs of the Maya people, including their syncretism of Maya and Catholic practices. Her chapter on the Maya calendar is a a clear explanation of a very complex system. This is used as a text (my copy was used), but it is appropriate for anyone who wants to know something about contemporary Maya culture.
Monam
I have gone to Guatemala to work with the Mayan community about 3 times now and this book has been a wonderful asset! I completely recommend it to anyone with interest in Maya Spirituality
JUST DO IT
This book presents an intriguing look into present-day Mayan beliefs. The author's thorough academic research of the Mayan religion in contemporary society is also vivid and accessible to the lay reader.

The chapter on the sacred Mayan calendar was especially interesting, as I found the descriptions of the interpretations of my sacred days extremely accurate. This is one of few books in this category that I can honestly say I truly enjoyed reading.
Bragis
The author attempts to explain as rationally as possible how one feels called to become a Shaman and pursue an Earth-centric spirituality.

This isn't a boring story and I had to re-read certain sections to fully process and feel the experience. The section on how the Mayan calendar works as a type of life-guide is complicated, but a slow read makes it all understandable. Although this book discusses the Mayan indigenous perspective, the knowledge contained in its pages could easily be used to understand other Native American peoples' worldview; and just how one studies and connects to the lifeforce, and emerges a medicine person, or a healer dedicated to the community.

The author doesn't mystify the Mayan religion but rather shows that it is alive, evolving, helping and living with the present day people and deserves equal footing and interaction with the dominant religions.
Xig
Very thorough and well-written. My wife and I had the pleasure of experiencing a Maya Wedding Blessing in Yaxha (near Tikal). It was conducted by Reginaldo Chayax Huex, a j-men fshaman and one of the few remaining fluent speakers of the Itza dialect. I am posting a video on my website and will be referring folks to read this book by Jean Molesky-Poz as a wonderful resource for understanding ancient and present-day Maya spirituality. [...]
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