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Sacred Matter

Animacy and Authority in the Americas

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$75.00 • £65.95 • €68.95

ISBN 9780884024668

Publication Date: 05/12/2020


474 pages

8-1/2 x 11 inches

31 photos, 140 color photos, 32 illus., 12 color illus., 14 maps

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection > Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia


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  • Preface
  • 1. The Nature of the World, the Stuff of Politics: Exploring Animacy and Authority in the Indigenous Americas [Steve Kosiba]
  • 2. Chiefly Jaguar, Chiefly Tree: Mastery and Authority in the Upper Xingu [Carlos Fausto]
  • 3. Soul Proprietors: Durable Ontologies of Maya Deep Time [Patricia A. McAnany]
  • 4. Burning Sorrow: Engaging the Animacy of Social-Ecological Life Processes in Native Amazonian Death Rituals [Beth A. Conklin]
  • 5. Descartes, Jesus, and Huitzilopochtli: Ontologies [Byron Ellsworth Hamann]
  • 6. “Metaphysical Subtleties and Theological Niceties”: Incarnation, Incantations, Animism, and the Powers of Pre-Columbian Visual Imagery [Thomas B. F. Cummins]
  • 7. The Lanzón’s Tale [Mary Weismantel]
  • 8. Cosmopolitical Bodies: Living Monoliths, Vital Tectonics, and the Production of Tiwanaku [John Wayne Janusek]
  • 9. On the Threshold of the Huaca: Sanctuaries of Sound in the Ancient Andean World [Marco Curatola Petrocchi]
  • 10. Buried Alive: Buildings, Authority, and Gradients of Being in Northern Yucatan, Mexico [Scott Hutson, Jacob Welch, Shannon Plank, and Barry Kidder]
  • 11. Animating Public Buildings in Formative-Period Oaxaca: Political and Ontological Implications [Arthur A. Joyce]
  • 12. The Material Ambivalence of Health and Spirituality in Colonial Northeastern New Spain [Diana DiPaolo Loren]
  • 13. Southern Quechua Ontology [Bruce Mannheim]
  • 14. Purpose, Belief, and Political Action in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta [Santiago Giraldo]
  • 15. Shifts in the Light: A Journey through Varied Perspectives on Animacy and Authority in the Americas [Catherine J. Allen]
  • Contributors
  • Index

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