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Stones of Light: The Use of Crystals in Maya Divination

John J. McGraw;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Abstract
In this chapter, I aim to bridge the rewarding archaeological contributions from the earlier part of this volume to ethnographic work performed among contemporary Mayas, particularly as informed by ritual specialists. In considering the ritual use of quartz crystals by living Mayas we may gain insights regarding the use of pyrite mirrors by their revered ancestors. Though the direct historical approach poses its risks, it may lead to revelations yet. In addition to reviewing some of the ethnographic data, I also take pointers from Saunders, Taube, Blainey, and others in promoting a paradigm of functional analysis that situate archaeological and ethnographic data...
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free text keywords: Maya, divination, ritual, archaeology, Visual arts, Art, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common
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publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2016

Stones of Light: The Use of Crystals in Maya Divination

John J. McGraw;