Category: Central America

  • Download E-books Account of the Fables and Rites of the Incas (William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Cultur) PDF

    Only a couple of many years after the Spanish conquest of Peru, the 3rd Bishop of Cuzco, Sebastián de Lartaún, known as for a document at the spiritual practices of the Incas. The file was once ready through Cristóbal de Molina, a clergyman of the medical institution for the Natives of Our woman of Succor in Cuzco and Preacher common of the town. Molina was once an excellent Quechua speaker, and his complicated language abilities allowed him to interview the older indigenous males of Cuzco who have been one of the final surviving eyewitnesses of the rituals performed on the peak of Inca rule. hence, Molina's account preserves an important first-hand list of Inca spiritual ideals and practices.

    This quantity is the 1st English translation of Molina's Relación de las fábulas y ritos de los incas in view that 1873 and comprises the 1st authoritative scholarly statement and notes. The paintings opens with a number of Inca production myths and outlines of the foremost gods and shrines (huacas). Molina then discusses crucial rituals that happened in Cuzco in the course of every month of the yr, in addition to rituals that weren't tied to the ceremonial calendar, akin to start rituals, girl initiation rites, and marriages. Molina additionally describes the Capacocha ritual, within which the entire shrines of the empire have been provided sacrifices, in addition to the Taqui Ongoy, a millennial move that unfold around the Andes throughout the past due 1560s according to starting to be Spanish domination and sped up violence opposed to the so-called idolatrous religions of the Andean peoples.

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  • Download E-books Mixed Signals: U.S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America (A Century Foundation Book) PDF

    By Kathryn Sikkink

    "Nowhere did understandings of U.S. identity―human rights and anticommunism―come extra in clash with one another than they did in Latin the United States. To refocus U.S. coverage on human rights and democracy required a rethinking of U.S. coverage as an entire. It required coverage makers to select from rules designed to defeat communism at any expense and those who stay in the bounds of the guideline of law."―from the IntroductionKathryn Sikkink believes that the adoption of human rights coverage represents a favorable switch within the courting among the us and Latin the United States. In combined signs she lines a gentle yet outstanding shift in U.S. overseas coverage during the last new release. by way of the Seventies, an unthinking anticommunist stance had tarnished the acceptance of the U.S. govt all through Latin the USA, associating Washington with tyrannical and sometimes brutally murderous regimes. Sikkink recounts the reemergence of human rights as a important difficulty, displaying how exterior pressures from activist teams and the establishment of a human rights bureau contained in the kingdom division have mixed to remake Washington's schedule, and its picture, in Latin the United States. the present warfare opposed to terrorism, Sikkink warns, may well repeat the errors of the earlier except we insist that the fight opposed to terrorism be performed with admire for human rights and the guideline of legislations.
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  • Download E-books Guatemalan Journey PDF

    By Stephen Connely Benz

    Guatemala attracts a few part million travelers every year, whose short visits to the ruins of historic Maya towns and modern highland Maya villages can provide them just a partial and folkloric realizing of Guatemalan society. during this vividly written shuttle narrative, Stephen Connely Benz explores the Guatemala that informal tourists omit, utilizing his encounters with traditional Guatemalans on the mall, at the streets, at football video games, or even on the funeral of bloodbath sufferers to light up the social truth of Guatemala today.

    The ebook opens with a longer part at the capital, Guatemala urban, after which strikes out to the extra distant elements of the rustic the place the Guatemalan Indians predominate. Benz bargains us a sequence of clever and infrequently funny views on Guatemala's political historical past and the function of the army, the country's environmental degradation, the impact of international missionaries, and particularly the influence of the USA on Guatemala, from governmental courses to quickly foodstuff franchises.

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  • Download E-books Taking Root: Narratives of Jewish Women in Latin America (Ohio RIS Latin America Series) PDF

    In Taking Root, Latin American girls of Jewish descent, from Mexico to Uruguay, bear in mind their coming of age with Sabbath candles and Hebrew prayers, Ladino songs and merengue track, Queen Esther and the Virgin of Guadalupe. wealthy and bad, Sephardi and Ashkenazi, Jewish immigrant households sought for a brand new domestic and id in predominantly Catholic societies. The essays incorporated right here research the spiritual, monetary, social, and political offerings those households have made and proceed to make as they forge Jewish identities within the New World.

    Marjorie Agosín has collected narratives and tales that show the enormous variety of Latin American Jewish adventure. those essays, in keeping with first- and second-generation immigrant event, describe differing issues of view and degrees of involvement in Jewish culture. In Taking Root, Agosín offers us with a latest and brilliant account of the Jewish adventure in Latin America.

    Taking Root records the unhappiness of exile and loss but in addition a fierce choice to take care of Jewish traditions. this can be Jewish background however it is additionally a part of the untold historical past of Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, and all of Latin America.
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  • Download E-books Archaeology at El Perú-Waka': Ancient Maya Performances of Ritual, Memory, and Power (Native Peoples of the Americas) PDF

    Archaeology at El Perú-Waka’ is the 1st booklet to summarize long term learn at this significant Maya web site. the result of fieldwork and next analyses carried out through contributors of the El Perú-Waka’ local Archaeological venture are coupled with theoretical methods treating the themes of formality, reminiscence, and tool as deciphered via fabric is still stumbled on at Waka’.  The booklet is site-centered, but the fifteen wide-ranging contributions supply readers higher perception to the richness and complexity of Classic-period Maya tradition, in addition to to the ways that archaeologists think historic peoples negotiated their ritual lives and comprehended their very own pasts.
    El Perú-Waka’ is an historic Maya urban positioned in present-day northwestern Petén, Guatemala. Rediscovered by means of petroleum exploration employees within the mid-1960s, it's the biggest recognized archaeological web site within the Laguna del Tigre nationwide Park in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve. The El Perú-Waka’ neighborhood Archaeological venture initiated clinical investigations in 2003, and during excavation and survey, researchers confirmed that Waka’ was once a key political and monetary heart good built-in into Classic-period lowland Maya civilization, and reconstructed many points of Maya existence and formality task during this historical group. The examine specific during this quantity presents a wealth of recent, substantive, and scientifically excavated information, which individuals technique with clean theoretical insights. within the procedure, they lay out sound innovations for knowing the ritual manipulation of monuments, landscapes, constructions, items, and thoughts, in addition to comparable issues encompassing the functionality and negotiation of strength in the course of the city’s wide sociopolitical history.
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  • Download E-books A Political and Economic Dictionary of Latin America PDF

    By Peter Calvert

    This Dictionary presents an neutral and worthy history to the Latin American quarter, very important for somebody attracted to the present affairs, contemporary heritage and economic system of this substantial zone. Entries supply definitions of phrases, techniques, names and companies key to discussions of crucial and South the USA. overlaying a few forty eight international locations and territories, this quantity deals a special perception to the political and financial dimensions of this different quarter.
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  • Download E-books Reading Maya Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Maya Painting and Sculpture PDF

    By Andrea Stone, Marc Zender

    Lavishly illustrated, totally cross-referenced and listed: a useful e-book for somebody wishing to work out and comprehend Maya artwork throughout the eyes of historical scribes and artists.

    The paintings of the traditional Maya will be thought of their such a lot singular cultural success. but regardless of a surge of renowned curiosity in those notable humans, few are absolutely conscious of the richness in their inventive legacy, precise in all of pre-Columbian the USA. Maya artwork is an extraordinary mix of linear attractiveness and naturalism mixed with impressive symbolic complexity. embellished items, starting from painted vases and carved jade and shell embellishes to towering stone monuments and development facades, undergo the lines of an emblem method that, whereas interesting, could make an figuring out of those photographs elusive to the uninitiated.

    awarded right here for the 1st time is a compendium of 1 hundred hieroglyphs which are additionally the development blocks of old Maya portray and sculpture. equipped thematically, the symbols contact on many points of the Maya international, from the typical environment—animals, vegetation, the heavens—to the psychological panorama of gods, myths, and rituals. utilizing countless numbers of line drawings and images, Andrea Stone and Marc Zender express how you can establish those symptoms, comprehend their which means, and savour the unconventional methods they seem in paintings. as well as supplying a simple advent, the authors additionally provide many new and interesting interpretations. 535 black-and-white illustrations
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  • Download E-books Central America: Geology, Resources and Hazards(2 Vol set) PDF

    An built-in therapy of the vital fields of classical and utilized geosciences of primary the United States, this authoritative two-volume monograph treats the sector as an entire, exploring geology, earth assets and geo-hazards throughout political limitations. It experiences the broadcast literature, and vitamins it with an abundance of knowledge from ongoing investigations and inner reports.The compendium is as a result 4 years’ collaborative paintings by means of the editors and greater than 90 specialists from eighteen international locations. it's geared toward execs, teachers and scholars within the fields of geology, geography, biology, and engineering on the neighborhood, nearby and foreign point. In a quarter that is wealthy in geological assets and the place typical failures are common, the monograph is a high-quality base for neighborhood and overseas associations interested in land-use, infrastructure, water and effort assets, and mining, in addition to with possibility relief and catastrophe prevention.

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