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Rituals of Sacrifice: Walking the Face of the Earth on the Sacred Path of the Sun Paperback – August 25, 2003

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The first North American edition of Stanzione’s longterm observations of traditional Maya ceremonies in Guatemala. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The first North American edition of Stanzione's long-term observations of traditional Maya ceremonies in Guatemala.
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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; 1 edition (August 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826329179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826329172
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,802,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stanzione presents an insightful, respectful, dynamic account of his experiences among these Maya people by combining approaches from religious studies and anthropology. The book is also graced with beautiful and revealing black and white photographs and drawings of the everyday ritual practices in and around Santiago Atitlan. Especially important is Stanzione's reporting of contemporary versions of Maya mythology about the creation of the world, the lives of plants, the sexual relations of deities-all in relation to Christian practices and sacred stories that are important to the Maya. Readers interested in religious change, syncretism and transculturation as well as the ways the Maya suffer and resist state violence and the attacks of missionaries will find this book a very valuable resource.
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Stanzione's book is essential reading for anyone interested in religion and culture in Mesoamerica, both in its contemporary and ancient forms. This is the kind of book that is only produced after a lifetime of dedication to a region and subject. He's done the heavy lifting, and we now are allowed to benefit from that scholarship. Enjoy.
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This is a really amazing book. What a wonderful synthesis of knowledge on ancient and modern Maya! Highly reccommended!
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