By Garrett W. Cook

Based on greater than thirty years of ethnographic fieldwork in Highland Guatemala, this examine of Maya diviners, shamans, ritual dancers, and spiritual brotherhoods describes the novel alterations in conventional Maya non secular perform wrought by means of monetary globalization and political turmoil. targeting the first individuals within the annual competition within the K'iche' Maya village of Santiago Momostenango, the authors exhibit how older non secular traditionalists and the recent iteration of "cultural activist" non secular practitioners have interaction inside a unmarried area people, and the way their competing agendas for adapting Maya religiosity to a brand new and always altering political economic climate are perpetuating and altering Maya spiritual traditions.

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