By Terry Rugeley
Within the tumultuous a long time following Mexico's independence from Spain, faith supplied a unifying strength one of the Mexican humans, who differently various drastically in ethnicity and socioeconomic prestige. for this reason, faith and the preferred cultures surrounding it shape the lens in which Terry Rugeley focuses this cultural background of southeast Mexico from independence (1821) to the increase of the dictator Porfirio D?az in 1876. Drawing on a wealth of formerly unused archival fabric, Rugeley vividly reconstructs the folklore, ideals, attitudes, and cultural practices of the Maya and Hispanic peoples of the Yucat?n. In engagingly written chapters, he explores folklore and folks knowledge, city piety, iconography, and anticlericalism. Interspersed one of the chapters are targeted pix of person humans, areas, and associations, that, with the archival proof, provide an entire and engaging background of the outlooks, entertainments, and day-by-day lives of the population of southeast Mexico within the 19th century. Rugeley additionally hyperlinks this wealthy neighborhood background with better occasions to teach how macro adjustments in Mexico affected usual humans.
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Of Wonders and Wise Men THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK C Geography, Misery, Agency, Remedy The Unwritten Almanac of Folk Knowledge T M of the nineteenth century had a way of knowing the world that they handed down from parent to child in a kind of oral compendium, a hodgepodge of wisdoms, techniques, and tidbits that everyone should learn and repeat. Comparison to an encyclopedia would suggest greater order and structuring than really existed, and so perhaps a better metaphor would be the almanacs once popular among farmers, a book loosely built around the calendar but with all sorts of additional insertions, a book with no clear-cut beginning or end, no homogeneity of style, something best read at random.
No history has yet documented the suﬀering these diseases inﬂicted, but it was clearly terrible. 50 Medicine oﬀered only faint hope. In those days germs and viruses were unknown, and high medical oﬃcialdom understood most disease as the result of miasmas, or fetid and contaminated air. In addition to its conceptual limitations, medical practice had made only limited headway in the region and was primarily restricted to urban elites. 51 After , Yucatecans tried to maintain the initiative; innumerable records remain of smallpox serum being sent to remote parts of the peninsula, usually to children.
Beyond even that horizon, however, one body of oral tradition throughout Mexico con cerns an unimaginably distant past, the Origin Time, in which the world assumed its current shape. ’’ 42 The period eludes quantiﬁcation, but just as key activities and constructions set human life apart from the wilderness, so too certain narrative motifs staked out the coordinates of Origin Time. The ﬁrst was an age when the ancient Mayas (úuchben máako’ob or itza’ob) ruled the earth, moving great stones merely by whistling.
Of Wonders and Wise Men : Religion and Popular Cultures in Southeast Mexico by Terry Rugeley