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By Garrett W. Cook

Based on greater than thirty years of ethnographic fieldwork in Highland Guatemala, this research of Maya diviners, shamans, ritual dancers, and spiritual brotherhoods describes the unconventional alterations in conventional Maya spiritual perform wrought through fiscal globalization and political turmoil. targeting the first members within the annual pageant within the K'iche' Maya village of Santiago Momostenango, the authors convey how older non secular traditionalists and the hot new release of "cultural activist" spiritual practitioners have interaction inside a unmarried area people, and the way their competing agendas for adapting Maya religiosity to a brand new and always altering political economic climate are perpetuating and altering Maya non secular traditions.

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