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War in the land of true peace : the fight for Maya sacred places

Author: Brent Woodfill
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For the ancient and modern Maya, geographic features like caves, mountains, springs, and abandoned cities are viewed as powerful entities who need to be given regular offerings. As a result, Guatemala's Northern Transversal Strip has been a battle ground between foreign powers and local independence movements over several thousand years"--
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brent Woodfill
ISBN: 9780806162812 0806162813
OCLC Number: 1051135713
Description: xxvi, 295 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: "A curious reverence for localities" --
Power, ritual, and the living landscape --
The Precolumbian history of the Northern Transversal Strip --
The colonial and early republican history of the Northern Transversal Strip --
The reoccupation of the Northern Transversal and the shadow of violence and commerce --
Archaeological sites as sacred geography : Cancuen and Salinas de los Nueve Cerros --
The Candelaria Caves --
The Cave of Hun Nal Ye --
Other sacred places in the Northern Transversal Strip : San Juan Hill, Oxlaju' Ha', Juliq', and B'omb'il Pek --
Manifesting foreign hegemony in local ritual practice --
The struggle for local autonomy through the lens of ritual and sacred geography --
Conclusions, challenges, and hopes for the future.
Responsibility: Brent K.S. Woodfill.

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"For the ancient and modern Maya, geographic features like caves, mountains, springs, and abandoned cities are viewed as powerful entities who need to be given regular offerings. As a result, Guatemala's Northern Transversal Strip has been a battle ground between foreign powers and local independence movements over several thousand years"--

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