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Watching Lacandon Maya Lives

ISBN-10: 0205332188

ISBN-13: 9780205332182

Edition: 2002

Authors: R. Jon McGee

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InWatching Lacandon Maya Lives, the author follows three generations of one Lacandon Maya family. Readers track the subjects' lives as they shift through events such as marriage, parenthood, and religious conversion, all set against a backdrop of increased tourism, road construction, and the murders of two people in the community. This book encompasses both ethnography and a critique of ethnographic writing. At one level, the book is about social, agricultural, technological, and religious changes that have occurred in a Lacandon Maya community in Mexico. At a second level, the book is a critique of those who invented a Utopian picture of a "traditional" Lacandon past that never really existed. For cultural anthropologists, or anyone interested in learning more about this Mayan culture.
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Book details

List price: $97.60
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/10/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550

Introduction
Lacandon: The Last Lords of the Rain Forest?
Romantic Images
Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: Chol-Lacandon
Eighteenth Century: Yucatec-Lacandon
Lacandon in the Nineteenth Century
Lacandon in the Twentieth Century
Lacandon 1980-2000
Reconstructing the Traditional Lacandon
Who Is Lacandon?
What Is a Traditional Lacandon?
Lacandon Life from 1790 to 1903
Men's and Women's Work
Religion
Marriage and Household Life
The Disappearance of Traditional Religion
Selling the Traditional Lacandon
Two Case Studies and Concluding Thoughts
Watching Life in a Lacandon Community
An Overview of Women, Men, and Work
Men's Work
Women's Work
Family Examples
Chan K?in Viejo: Summer 1983
Kohs III and IV: Summer 1986
Childbirth and Infant Mortality
Three Decades of Change: 1970-2000
Government, Oil, and Immigration: An Overview
Family Relations and Traditional Agriculture
Roads, Bows and Arrows, and Tourism
Adapting Agriculture to Tourism: Comparing Two Communities
Agriculture and Tourism in Naha
Agriculture and Tourism in Lacanha
Women, Tourism, and Work
Traditional Women
Women in Commercial Households
Widows
Some Consequences of Tourism
Diet
Commerce, Reciprocity, and Status
Growing Up in a Changing World: The Cases of K?in and Chan K?in Quinto
The Decline of Traditional Religious Practices in Naha
Cosmology
Ritual Places
Classic Period Ruins
Caves and Rock Shelters
God Houses
Ritual Implements
Types of Offerings
Edible Offerings
Ritual and Agriculture
Healing and Ritual
The End of the World
The Demise of Religion
The Decline of Traditional Healing Practices
Lacandon Categories of Sickness
Curing through Prayer
Therapeutic Incantations
Curing Strings
Medicinal Plants
The Decline of Healing Rituals
Twenty Years among the Lacandon: Some Lessons Learned
What Is Lacandon Culture?
What People Say Is Different from What They Do
Marriage, Fatherhood, and My Position in the Community
Involved Objectivity or Why I Ran into a Burning House to Look for Someone Else's Children
Three Generations of Chan K?in Viejo's Family
Glossary
References
Index