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By Jean Molesky-Poz

Since the mid-1980s, while Guatemala again to civilian rule and accomplished relative peace and balance, the Maya have started brazenly expressing their non secular ideals and practices. Jean Molesky-Poz attracts on in-depth dialogues with Maya Ajq'ijab' (keepers of the ritual calendar), her personal player statement, and inter-disciplinary assets to supply a entire, leading edge, and well-grounded knowing of latest Maya spirituality and its theological underpinnings. She finds major continuities among modern and historic Maya worldviews and religious practices.

Molesky-Poz opens with a dialogue of the way the general public emergence of Maya spirituality is positioned in the spiritual political background of the Guatemalan highlands, relatively the new pan-Maya stream. She investigates Maya cosmovision and its foundational rules, as expressed through Ajq'ijab'. on the center of this paintings, Ajq'ijab' interpret their legal responsibility, lives, and non secular paintings. In next chapters, Molesky-Poz explores features of Maya spirituality—sacred geography (the reciprocal dating among the earth and people, sacred areas, and the importance of the move or quatrefoil map), sacred time (how the 260-day sacred calendar is "the center of the knowledge of the Maya," the matrix of Maya culture), and formality perform (the precise method and approach to ancestral examine, with designated recognition to fireside ceremonialism). She confirms modern Maya spirituality as a religion culture with intricate old roots that has value for person, collective, and ancient lives, reaffirming its personal public house and felony correct to be practiced.

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