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The dialogue of earth and sky : dreams, souls, curing, and the modern Aztec underworld

Author: T J Knab
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Mexico's Sierra Norte de Puebla, beliefs that were held before the coming of Europeans continue to guide the lives of modern Aztecs. For residents of San Martin Zinacapan, life in and on the earth is animated by the same forces, through which people seek to maintain a cohesive view of the relationship of humankind, the cosmos, and the natural world. This delicate balance of the human spirit maintains the health
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Knab, T.J.
Dialogue of earth and sky.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)561790264
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: T J Knab
ISBN: 0816524130 9780816524136 9780816528806 0816528802
OCLC Number: 54844089
Description: xiii, 179 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Earth and sky, body and soul: the dialogics of life on the earth and life in the most holy earth --
Dreams and dreaming: journeys of the soul --
"I beseech thee most holy earth": prayers for the earth --
Life in the holy earth: the Aztec underworld in the natural world of the Sierra de Puebla, a geography --
Dreams and curing: the dialogics of curing.
Responsibility: Timothy J. Knab.
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"In Mexico's Sierra Norte de Puebla, beliefs that were held before the coming of Europeans continue to guide the lives of modern Aztecs. For residents of San Martin Zinacapan, life in and on the earth is animated by the same forces, through which people seek to maintain a cohesive view of the relationship of humankind, the cosmos, and the natural world. This delicate balance of the human spirit maintains the health and well-being of villagers, and is an essential part of the social and ideological framework that makes a person's life whole."

"This book describes the basic elements of a belief system that has survived the onslaught of Catholicism, colonialism, and the modern world. Timothy Knab has spent thirty years working in this area of Mexico, learning of the Most Holy Earth and following what its people there call "the good path." He was initiated as a dreamer, learned the prayers and techniques for curing maladies of the human soul, and from his long association with Sanmartinos has constructed a thorough account of their beliefs and practices."--Jacket.

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"A unique, resourceful, and personal ethnographic case study which details a belief system that considers itself much older than the crossing of Western philosophy to the Americas." --Latin American Read more...

 
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