The Ancient Spirituality of the Modern Maya

The Ancient Spirituality of the Modern Maya

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Since the arrival of the Europeans, the indigenous people of what is now Guatemala have endured massacres, persecution, and discrimination. Their religious beliefs and practices have been condemned as superstition and witchcraft. Yet the spiritual worldview of the Maya has survived and even flourishes, five centuries after the invaders' first attempts to destroy it. InThe Ancient Spirituality of the Modern Maya, Thomas Hart weaves together the stories and experiences of those who practice Maya spirituality today, based on the relationship between God, the World, and the Ancestors, and provides a sense of the Mayan worldview as it is revealed through myth, ceremony, and teaching. The information provided by Hart adds a modern perspective to this largely oral traditional culture and provides a unique insight into its practice today, with its many variations and with the adaptability that has sustained it for over five hundred years.mineral, is called santil, or tioxba#39;al, in Ka#39;ichea#39;; each of these terms is a borrowing from Spanish. ... he grew up in: aquot;Santilaquot; means an image of Cod, something holy, or we could say something that originates with a holy, powerful, Cod. ... Because after eating something, when someone would burp, the old people would give thanks to Cod. ... Even the animals, the dog; a man told me a few days ago that when the coyotes howl at night, theya#39;re asking Cod for their food, so they have it too.

Title:The Ancient Spirituality of the Modern Maya
Author:Thomas Hart
Publisher:UNM Press - 2008


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