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Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis$
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John Early

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040134

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040134.001.0001

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The Research

The Research

(p.3) 1 The Research
Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis

John D. Early

University Press of Florida

This chapter describes the four main questions of the research: What were the conditions in Maya communities at mid-twentieth century when the Church returned to them? How did the Catholic Church present itself to the Maya then and in the following decades? How did the Maya perceive these presentations? What activities took place in Maya communities as a result of their perceptions? The research is not a comprehensive historical work but presents a synthetic view of the principal trends of interaction between the Maya and Catholic worldviews in Guatemala and Chiapas. The research is a work of the anthropology of religion that examines religious systems when embedded in the everyday lives of communities and their individual members. The research draws on and synthesizes the writer's research as well as ethnographic and historical accounts.

Keywords:   questions of research, synthesis, anthropology of religion, ethnography, history

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