By James E. Brady,Keith M. Prufer
As portals to the supernatural realm that creates and animates the universe, caves have continually been held sacred via the peoples of Mesoamerica. From precedent days to the current, Mesoamericans have made pilgrimages to caves for ceremonies starting from rituals of passage to petitions for rain and a ample harvest. So vital have been caves to the pre-Hispanic peoples that they're pointed out in Maya hieroglyphic writing and portrayed within the principal Mexican and Oaxacan pictorial codices. Many historical settlements have been situated in proximity to caves.
This quantity gathers papers from twenty trendy Mesoamerican archaeologists, linguists, and ethnographers to provide a state of the art survey of formality cave use in Mesoamerica from Pre-Columbian occasions to the current. geared up geographically, the publication examines cave use in valuable Mexico, Oaxaca, and the Maya sector. a few studies current unique website reports, whereas others supply new theoretical understandings of cave rituals. As an entire, the gathering validates cave examine because the leading edge of medical research of indigenous ritual and trust. It confirms that the indigenous spiritual procedure of Mesoamerica used to be and nonetheless is way extra terrestrially centred that has been quite often appreciated.
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In the Maw of the Earth Monster: Studies of Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use (Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies) by James E. Brady,Keith M. Prufer