The Second Edition of Religions of Mesoamerica comes at a turning point in the study of the Americas and the religious and cultural histories of the New World. To that end, esteemed scholar Davíd Carrasco integrates past and current research, developments, and excavations to vividly synthesize the history of Mesoamerican cultures their religious forms, ceremonial centers, complex social structures, view of time and space, myths, and rituals.Carrasco’s deep yet concise overview takes readers on an absorbing journey where they experience the dynamics and complexities of Aztec and Maya cultures, the Spanish conquest, and cultural combinations of European and indigenous ideas and practices. He skillfully demonstrates how the religious imagination was and continues to be crucial to the survival and creativity of Mesoamerica and its Chicano/a descendants.
“Clear, crisp and engaging… Carrasco conveys the long-term vitality of religious expression in Mexico and celebrates the creative potential of the human imagination.” –William B. Taylor, professor of history, University of Virginia
“There is no better skilled interdisciplinary researcher nor a more lucid teacher-communicator to span the overview [of Mesoamerican culture] and deliver it than Davíd Carrasco. This culture from past to present is in Carrasco’s words as it is in his blood.” –Anthony F. Aveni, Colgate University
“Fantastic contribution to the Anthropology of Latin America.” –Edgar Torres, College of San Francisco
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