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La noción de vida en Mesoamérica

edited by Perig Pitrou, María del Carmen Valverde Valdés, and Johannes Neurath

Each culture develops its own conceptions on the origin and functioning of life, thus approaching them is a privileged opportunity to understand a people's systems of representations. In Mesoamerica a multifaceted set of ideas in multiple contexts appears both in the indigenous discourse and the anthropological literature. These contexts are varied: life as manifested in humans, animals, and plants, as well as that emerging from minerals, meteorological phenomena, and even from some artifacts. Therefore, the symbols associated with vital processes, as well as ethnoclassifications, theories of personhood, and language, can be examined through the ritual system used to favor the growth of the milpa, and for health or wellbeing. In sum, with the use of particular examples, the purpose of this volume is the analysis of this plural and diverse notion of life, to establish links between a universal phenomenon and its ontological and cultural relationships. In Spanish.

Published by Centro Francés de Estudios Mexicanos y Centroamericanos and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico, D.F.), 2011. 326 pp. IBSN: 978-607-02-2791-2.

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