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Author Lind, Michael, author.

Title Ancient Zapotec religion : an ethnohistorical and archaeological perspective / Michael Lind.

Imprint Boulder, CO : University Press of Colorado, [2015]

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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 386 pages) : illustrations, tables
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Zapotec deities in sixteenth-century documents -- Zapotec deities in seventeenth-century documents -- Zapotec temple priests -- Zapotec temples : Mitla -- Zapotec temples : Yagul -- ColanĂ­ : Zapotec community priests and their rituals -- Zapotec ritual books and sacred calendars -- The Mitla rituals -- Religion in ancient Zapotec society.
Summary "Ancient Zapotec Religion is the first comprehensive study of Zapotec religion as it existed in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on the eve of the Spanish Conquest. Author Michael Lind brings a new perspective, focusing not on underlying theological principles but on the material and spatial expressions of religious practice. Using sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish colonial documents and archaeological findings related to the time period leading up to the Spanish Conquest, he presents new information on deities, ancestor worship and sacred bundles, the Zapotec cosmos, the priesthood, religious ceremonies and rituals, the nature of temples, the distinctive features of the sacred and solar calendars, and the religious significance of the murals of Mitla--the most sacred and holy center. He also shows how Zapotec religion served to integrate Zapotec city-state structure throughout the valley of Oaxaca, neighboring mountain regions, and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Ancient Zapotec Religion is the first in-depth and interdisciplinary book on the Zapotecs and their religious practices and will be of great interest to archaeologists, epigraphers, historians, and specialists in Native American, Latin American, and religious studies."-- Provided by publisher.
Language English.
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Subject Zapotec calendar.
Zapotec Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Zapotec Indians -- Antiquities.
Zapotec Indians -- Religion.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Archaeology.
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Spirituality -- Paganism & Neo-Paganism.
RELIGION -- Comparative Religion.
Zapotec calendar.
Zapotec Indians -- Antiquities.
Zapotec Indians -- Religion.
Zapotec Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Lind, Michael. Ancient Zapotec religion. Boulder, Colorado : University Press of Colorado, [2015] 9781607323730 (DLC) 2014029012 (OCoLC)895301957
ISBN 9781607323747 (electronic bk.)
1607323745 (electronic bk.)
9781607323730 (hardback)