Dualism and Worldview among the Ch′orti′ Maya

Kerry M. Hull

in The Ch′orti′ Maya Area

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033310
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039527 | DOI:
Dualism and Worldview among the Ch′orti′ Maya

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This chapter examines worldview and dualism among Ch'orti' Maya. It discusses data from Ch'orti' Maya ritual text and argues for an underlying dual-gendered ideology that pervades both the sacred and the secular realms. It investigates the notions of dual gender in relation not only to supernaturals, but also to sacred places and objects. It suggests that dual genderedness has two forms in Ch'orti' thought. These are the inherently dual-gendered supernaturals and the dual-gender paired supernaturals.

Keywords: dualism; worldview; Ch'orti' Maya; dual-gendered ideology; supernaturals; sacred places; sacred objects

Chapter.  3850 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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