Contemporary Maya Spirituality: The Ancient Ways Are Not by Jean Molesky-Poz

By Jean Molesky-Poz

because the mid-1980s, whilst Guatemala lower back to civilian rule and accomplished relative peace and balance, the Maya have began brazenly expressing their non secular ideals and practices. Jean Molesky-Poz attracts on in-depth dialogues with Maya Ajq'ijab' (keepers of the ritual calendar), her personal player remark, and inter-disciplinary assets to provide a complete, cutting edge, and well-grounded knowing of up to date Maya spirituality and its theological underpinnings. She unearths major continuities among modern and historic Maya worldviews and religious practices.Molesky-Poz opens with a dialogue of the way the general public emergence of Maya spirituality is located in the non secular political background of the Guatemalan highlands, rather the hot pan-Maya move. She investigates Maya cosmovision and its foundational ideas, as expressed through Ajq'ijab'. on the middle of this paintings, Ajq'ijab' interpret their legal responsibility, lives, and non secular paintings. In next chapters, Molesky-Poz explores points of Maya spirituality—sacred geography (the reciprocal courting among the earth and people, sacred areas, and the importance of the go or quatrefoil map), sacred time (how the 260-day sacred calendar is "the middle of the knowledge of the Maya," the matrix of Maya culture), and formality perform (the designated means and approach to ancestral learn, with precise awareness to fireplace ceremonialism). She confirms modern Maya spirituality as a religion culture with complicated old roots that has importance for person, collective, and ancient lives, reaffirming its personal public house and felony correct to be practiced.

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