Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
John J. Swetnam
Number of Pages
This paper explores the linkages between Mayan religious beliefs as presented in, The Popol Vuh and The Book of Chilam Balam, myth, and modern ethnographic material for clues to Mayan economic behavior. It presents the argument that the "closed corporate system" and the reliance on the municipio as the focus of identity is a function of World-view, and that Mayans see land as a symbol of self and community. The ensuing economic behavior and the strong attachment to "milpa production" is more than an adaptive strategy to the vicissitudes of economic insecurity, but a route to maintaining balance and harmony in their cognitive universe.
Land; Mayan; Self; Universe
Ethnology; Economic history; Religious history
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Rusie, Robert Charles, "Land and self in a Mayan universe" (1996). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3216.