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Time and the Highland Maya (Woodrow Wilson Center Special) Revised Edition
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This is first and foremost a work of anthrpology, a fact which Professor Tedlock is very clear about from the start. Having said that, she states that in her viewpoint, cultural anthropologists cannot really take a "neutral" stand with regard to the material they are studying; she cites the example of the students of musicology and linguistics, whose expertise is measured in terms of their virtuosity or fluency in the medium they are studying. That being the case, can an anthropologist really provide a valid description of Mayan timekeeping unless he or she is actually willing to undergo the training of a timekeeper?
For the reader's information, a "timekeeper" is an individual who has been trained in the system of the Mayan calendar, understands the meaning of the days and can make predictions regarding whether certain actions are favorable or not at certain times. One may dismiss it as a form of astrology. Nevertheless, timekeeping was undeniably an important, even central, activity of the ancient Maya, and much of their history is unintelligible without reference to it. The value of Professor Tedlock's work, and of this book in particular, is found in the material that she can present to Mayan archeologists and epigraphers to help them understand their source material.
Professor Tedlock explains the process by which timekeepers were selected in the traditional Maya world, and the training and rituals which they must undergo. She also explains the meanings, in general, of the day names in the traditional divination calendar.Read more ›