Taken from the lips : gender and eros in Mesoamerican religions / by Sylvia Marcos ; with a foreword by Catherine Keller.Material type: TextSeries: Religion in the Americas series, v. 5Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2006Description: xxiii, 146 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 9789004148901 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9004148906 (pbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Indians of Mexico -- Religion | Indians of Mexico -- Rites and ceremonies | Indian women -- Mexico -- Historiography | Human body -- Symbolic aspects -- Mexico | Sex role -- Mexico | Mexico -- Social life and customs | Mexico -- Religious life and customsDDC classification: 299.7/92 LOC classification: F1219.3.R38 | M23 2006
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -136) and index.
Curing and Cosmology -- Duality, Fluidity, and Equilibrium -- The Sacred Earth of the Nahuas -- Gender and Healing Rituals -- Fusion with the Sacred -- Corporeality, Religious Metaphor, and Narrative -- Indigenous Eroticism and Colonial Morality -- Scattering of Jades -- Beyond Mesoamerica -- Epilogue.
This volume deals with the world of women in Mesoamerica, discussing particularly the religious and ritual aspects of gender. As its sources, it uses colonial documents of the contact period with European cultures, testimonies of the subjugated indigenous during the colonial period, as well as contemporary ethnographic studies. The book starts with an analysis of healing rituals in contemporary Mexico, focusing on the "refunctionalization" of ancient beliefs and practices. From there it moves spiral-like between pre-hispanic and colonial pasts and diverse presents. The section on "orality" is a methodological proposal for the study of indigenous religious traditions. The book is illustrated with reproductions of ancient codices.