Quantifying Regularities in the Use of a Maya Ritual Object

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As part of a long term project studying Maya ritual practices in the highlands of Guatemala, John McGraw interviewed twenty-five ritual specialists, known as ajq’ijaa’, using a questionnaire designed in collaboration with Uffe Schjødt. The two are attempting to quantify typical patterns of practice in the use of la vara, a ritual object of great importance for the ajq’ijaa’. Among other things, this object is required for the performance of a prominent divinatory ritual practiced by ajq’ijaa’ (and detailed in McGraw’s doctoral thesis). Utilizing a comparative perspective, the hope is to better understand a set of regularities in indigenous ritual practices which, on the whole, eschew orthodoxy and demonstrate strong variability.
StatusCurrent
Period01/12/201231/12/2014
URLhttp://www.johnjmcgraw.com/projects.html

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  • Maya, Divination

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