Exploring Maya Ritual Caves: Dark Secrets from the Maya by Stanislav Chládek

By Stanislav Chládek

Exploring Maya Ritual Caves bargains an extraordinary survey and explication of lots of the recognized old Maya ritual caves in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. The caves have been the Maya underworld, the place rituals, together with animal and human sacrifice, have been performed. The Maya cave cult and mythology, building and amendment of the caves, and cult paintings and artifacts are mentioned. Chládek, an intrepid explorer, then describes vital caves that he has lately visited and offers pictures in their wonders.

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Pre-Columbian Foodways: Interdisciplinary Approaches to by John Staller, Michael Carrasco

By John Staller, Michael Carrasco

The value of foodstuff and feasting to Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures has been largely studied by way of archaeologists, anthropologists and paintings historians. Foodways experiences were serious to our realizing of early agriculture, political economies, and the domestication and administration of vegetation and animals. students from varied fields have explored the symbolic complexity of foodstuff and its guidance, in addition to the social significance of feasting in modern and historic societies. This booklet unites those disciplinary views — from the social and organic sciences to paintings background and epigraphy — making a paintings complete in scope, which unearths our expanding figuring out of some of the roles of meals and cuisines in Mesoamerican cultures.

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The quantity is equipped thematically into 3 sections. half 1 supplies an outline of foodstuff and feasting practices in addition to historic economies in Mesoamerica. half 2 information ethnographic, epigraphic and isotopic proof of those practices. ultimately, half three provides the metaphoric worth of nutrients in Mesoamerican symbolism, ritual, and mythology. The ensuing quantity offers an intensive, interdisciplinary source for realizing, meals, feasting, and cultural practices in Mesoamerica.

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Lightning Warrior: Maya Art and Kingship at Quirigua by Matthew G. Looper

By Matthew G. Looper

The historical Maya urban of Quirigua occupied a crossroads among Copan within the southeastern Maya highlands and the most important facilities of the Peten heartland. notwithstanding regularly a comparatively small urban, Quirigua sticks out due to its public monuments, which have been a few of the maximum achievements of vintage Maya civilization. awesome not just for his or her monstrous measurement, excessive sculptural caliber, and eloquent hieroglyphic texts, the sculptures of Quirigua also are one of many few whole, in situ sequence of Maya monuments wherever, which makes them a very important resource of knowledge approximately historical Maya spirituality and political perform inside a particular ancient context.

Using epigraphic, iconographic, and stylistic analyses, this examine explores the built-in political-religious meanings of Quirigua's enormous sculptures in the course of the eighth-century A.D. reign of the city's most renowned ruler, K'ak' Tiliw. particularly, Matthew Looper makes a speciality of the function of stelae and different sculpture in representing the personality of the ruler not just as a political authority but additionally as a manifestation of assorted supernatural entities with whom he was once linked via ritual functionality. by way of tracing this sculptural application from its Early vintage beginnings throughout the reigns of K'ak' Tiliw and his successors, and likewise by way of linking it to practices at Copan, Looper bargains vital new insights into the politico-religious historical past of Quirigua and its ties to different vintage Maya facilities, the position of kingship in Maya society, and the advance of Maya art.

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Perfect Phrases in Spanish for Confident Travel to Mexico: by Eric W. Vogt

By Eric W. Vogt

Greater than your standard phrasebook, this transportable identify indicates you the way to be a well-mannered customer and converse the neighborhood language within the right context Any phrasebook can provide you a line directory of crucial words. but when you utilize a word or time period with out realizing the right kind approach to use it, you will discover your self in an embarrassing state of affairs. ideal words in Spanish for convinced trip to Mexico addresses this challenge expertly. definite, you get the fundamentals yet you get much more heritage and counsel on the right way to use those phrases and words thoroughly with out creating a pretend pas. With the boldness that you're utilizing a word competently, you are going to get pleasure from a smoother experience in Mexico.

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In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American by Geoffroy de Laforcade, Kirwin R. Shaffer

By Geoffroy de Laforcade, Kirwin R. Shaffer

“A pioneering selection of essays at the international of anarchists, anarcho-syndicalists and libertarian thinkers in Latin America.”—Barry Carr, coeditor of The New Latin American Left: Cracks within the Empire
 
“An vital contribution to a contemporary development which sees anarchism now not as derived from a ecu middle yet as a real Latin American phenomenon.”—Bert Altena, coeditor of Reassessing the Transnational flip: Scales of research in Anarchist and Syndicalist Studies
 
“Thoughtful, well-researched, and well-written. As a set, this is going some distance to furthering our figuring out not only of anarchism in Latin the US, yet of anarchism extra generally.”—Mark Leier, writer of Bakunin: The artistic Passion.
 

during this groundbreaking choice of essays, anarchism in Latin the United States turns into even more than a prelude to populist and socialist activities. The participants illustrate a way more significant, differentiated, and energetic anarchist presence within the area that developed on simultaneous—transnational, nationwide, neighborhood, and local—fronts.
           
Representing a brand new wave of transnational scholarship, those essays research city and rural activities, indigenous resistance, race, gender, sexuality, and social and academic experimentation. they provide quite a few views on anarchism’s function in shaping principles approximately nationalism, identification, equipped exertions, and counterculture throughout a large swath of Latin America. 

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Power and Resistance: US Imperialism in Latin America by James Petras, Henry Veltmeyer

By James Petras, Henry Veltmeyer

This ebook issues the shape taken at the present time via US imperialism in Latin the US, with regards to the projection people country strength as a way of either advancing the commercial pursuits of the U.S. capitalist type within the quarter and conserving its hegemony over the realm capitalist system.

In half I the publication delves into the advanced dating that exists among imperialism and capitalism because the process that dominates the realm financial system. half II elaborates at the monetary and political dynamics of imperial energy in Latin the US and the forces of resistance that those dynamics have generated. half III specializes in the connection among the U.S. and Venezuela, which has assumed the management within the anti-imperialist struggle.

Biographical note
James Petras is Professor Emeritus in Sociology at Binghamton college. he's writer of greater than 60 books at the international and neighborhood dynamics people imperialism and capitalism, and the category fight linked to those dynamics.

Henry Veltmeyer is examine Professor in improvement experiences on the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas in Mexico. He has authored and edited greater than forty books on political financial system, social pursuits, improvement concept and dynamics of social swap in Latin America.

Readership
Anyone interested by knowing the dynamics, social affects and political responses to the workings of capitalism and imperialism in Latin the USA will locate this e-book a 'must read'.

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Sandinista: Carlos Fonseca and the Nicaraguan Revolution by Matilde Zimmermann

By Matilde Zimmermann

“A must-read for an individual drawn to Nicaragua—or within the total factor of social change.”—Margaret Randall, writer of SANDINO'S DAUGHTERS and SANDINO'S DAUGHTERS REVISITED Sandinista is the 1st English-language biography of Carlos Fonseca Amador, the mythical chief of the Sandinista nationwide Liberation entrance of Nicaragua (the FSLN) and an important and influential determine of the post–1959 progressive new release in Latin the United States. Fonseca, killed in conflict in 1976, was once the undisputed highbrow and strategic chief of the FSLN. In a groundbreaking and fast moving narrative that pulls on a wealthy archive of formerly unpublished Fonseca writings, Matilde Zimmermann sheds new mild on principal issues in his ideology in addition to on inner disputes, ideological shifts, and personalities of the FSLN.The first researcher ever to be allowed entry to Fonseca’s unpublished writings (collected by way of the Institute for the examine of Sandinism within the early Nineteen Eighties and now within the fingers of the Nicaraguan Army), Zimmermann additionally received own interviews with Fonseca’s buddies, relations, fellow opponents, and political enemies. in contrast to past students, Zimmermann sees the Cuban revolution because the the most important turning element in Fonseca’s political evolution. additionally, whereas others have argued that he rejected Marxism in prefer of a extra pragmatic nationalism, Zimmermann indicates how Fonseca’s political writings remained dedicated to either socialist revolution and nationwide liberation from U.S. imperialism and the information of either Che Guevara and the sooner Nicaraguan chief Augusto César Sandino. She additional argues that his philosophy embracing the reviews of the nation’s staff and peasants was once critical to the FSLN’s preliminary platform and charismatic charm.

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To the Bitter End: Paraguay and the War of the Triple by Christopher Leuchars

By Christopher Leuchars

The conflict of the Triple Alliance was once one of many longest, least remembered, and, for one in every of its contributors, such a lot catastrophic conflicts of the nineteenth century. the choice of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay to visit warfare opposed to Paraguay in may perhaps 1965 has mostly been considered as a reaction to the raids by way of the headstrong and tyrannical dictator, Francisco Solano Lopez. whereas there's a few fact to this view, as Lopez had attacked cities in Argentina and Brazil, the phrases of the Triple Alliance signed that very same month exhibit that the inducement of those international locations, at the very least, used to be to redraw the map of their want, on the price of Paraguay. That the ensuing clash lasted 5 years ahead of Lopez was once defeated and his nation absolutely on the mercy of its friends was once a tribute to the heroic resistance of his humans, in addition to to the inadequacies of the allied command.The army campaigns, which happened on land and at the rivers, frequently in appalling stipulations of either weather and terrain, are tested from a strategic viewpoint, in addition to during the reports of standard infantrymen. Leuchars seems intimately on the political motives, the process the clash as seen from each side, and the tragic aftermath. He brings to gentle an episode that, for all its next obscurity, marked a turning aspect within the improvement of South American diplomacy.

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Workers' control in Latin America, 1930-1979 by Jonathan C. Brown

By Jonathan C. Brown

The years among 1930 and 1979 witnessed a interval of extreme exertions task in Latin the USA as employees participated in moves, unionization efforts, and populist and innovative routine. the 10 unique essays during this quantity research sugar mill seizures in Cuba, oil nationalization and railway moves in Mexico, the tried revolution in Guatemala, railway nationalization and Peronism in Argentina, Brazil's cloth moves, the Bolivian revolution of 1952, Peru's copper moves, and the copper nationalization in Chile—all very important nationwide occasions during which business employees performed severe roles.Demonstrating an illuminating, bottom-up method of Latin American hard work heritage, those essays examine the standard acts in which employees tried to claim extra regulate over the paintings approach and thereby upload dignity to their lives. operating jointly, they have been capable of deliver store flooring struggles to public awareness and—at sure serious junctures—to impact occasions on a countrywide scale.The participants are Andrew Boeger, Michael Marconi Braga, Jonathan C. Brown, Josh DeWind, Marc Christian McLeod, Michael Snodgrass, Andrea Spears, Joanna Swanger, Mar?a Celina Tuozzo, and Joel Wolfe.

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