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Religions of Mesoamerica: Cosmovision and Ceremonial Centers (Religious Traditions of the World) Paperback – April 1, 1998


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  • Series: Religious Traditions of the World
  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577660064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577660064
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Clear, crisp and engaging...Carrasco conveys the long-term vitality of religious expression in Mexico and celebrates the creative potential of the human imagination." -- William B. Taylor, professor of history, University of Virginia --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An introduction to the native religions of Mexico and Central America from a foremost scholar in the field. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ann Lutterman-Aguilar on March 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was delighted to find this book, as the author does a marvelous job of explaining the religons of complex cultures such as the Olmecs, Toltecs, Aztecs and Mayans in a way that is thoughtful and easy to read. Unlike several other similar texts, this is not boring. Nor do you need to be an anthropologist to enjoy or understand this text. It opens up fascinating worldviews to the average reader. I highly recommend it. Good chronology included.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Newton Ooi on July 3, 2007
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This book was an assigned text in a class I took on Latin American history. It covers the view of the world, in a spiritual, religious and philosophical sense, as adopted by the Aztecs, Mayans, and several other groups in the area now known as Mexico and Central America. The author explores this world view as it existed prior to Columbus, and in the proceeding centuries as influences such as Christianity seeped in. The author cites many primary and secondary sources, such as ancient Native American texts, journal entries from early Spanish explorers, and oral histories of Native Mexicans. The book is more than a religious studies text; it also explores the history of contact between the Spanish and the natives, and shows how this contact changed the worldviews of the Native Americans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on October 28, 2011
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Mexican-American Harvard Divinity School Professor David Carrasco has accomplished the near-impossible. This beautifully written, short book (159 pages) explains clearly and systematically key elements of Mesoamerican religious thought. It is a superb introduction to Mesoamerican culture graced by simple illustrations that convey important meanings.

I bought this book hoping to find an explanation for the ritual violence that was an integral part of Mesoamerican culture. I was not disappointed. Carrasco patiently, systematically lays the foundation, stone by stone, for us to understand rituals grounded in a cosmic understanding that "...cosmic order comes from conflict and sacrifice."

But that's not all. After taking us through key elements of Mesoamerican religious thought, Carrasco invites us to consider "Colonialism and Creativity"; that is, the myriad ways in which indigenous beliefs and practices have been incorporated into Catholicism.

This slim volume lays down key concepts and understandings with the power to illuminate important aspects of Mexican culture past and present.
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