Ancient Zapotec Religion: An Ethnohistorical and by Michael Lind

By Michael Lind

Ancient Zapotec Religion is the 1st accomplished examine of Zapotec faith because it existed within the southern Mexican nation of Oaxaca at the eve of the Spanish Conquest. writer Michael Lind brings a brand new viewpoint, focusing no longer on underlying theological rules yet at the fabric and spatial expressions of non secular practice.

Using 16th- and seventeenth-century Spanish colonial files and archaeological findings with regards to the period of time prime as much as the Spanish Conquest, he offers new details on deities, ancestor worship and sacred bundles, the Zapotec cosmos, the priesthood, spiritual ceremonies and rituals, the character of temples, the exact beneficial properties of the sacred and sunlight calendars, and the non secular importance of the work of art of Mitla—the such a lot sacred and holy heart. He additionally indicates how Zapotec faith served to combine Zapotec city-state constitution during the valley of Oaxaca, neighboring mountain areas, and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Ancient Zapotec Religion is the 1st in-depth and interdisciplinary publication at the Zapotecs and their spiritual practices and should be of serious curiosity to archaeologists, epigraphers, historians, and experts in local American, Latin American, and non secular studies. 

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