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The Ch′orti′ Maya AreaPast and Present$
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Brent Metz, Cameron L. McNeil, and Kerry M. Hull

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033310

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033310.001.0001

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Dualism and Worldview among the Ch′orti′ Maya

Dualism and Worldview among the Ch′orti′ Maya

(p.187) 14 Dualism and Worldview among the Ch′orti′ Maya
The Ch′orti′ Maya Area

Kerry M. Hull

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines worldview and dualism among Ch'orti' Maya. It discusses data from Ch'orti' Maya ritual text and argues for an underlying dual-gendered ideology that pervades both the sacred and the secular realms. It investigates the notions of dual gender in relation not only to supernaturals, but also to sacred places and objects. It suggests that dual genderedness has two forms in Ch'orti' thought. These are the inherently dual-gendered supernaturals and the dual-gender paired supernaturals.

Keywords:   dualism, worldview, Ch'orti' Maya, dual-gendered ideology, supernaturals, sacred places, sacred objects

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