Balancing the World: Contemporary Maya ajq'ijab in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala by Daniel Croles FitjarBalancing the World: Contemporary Maya ajq'ijab in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala by Daniel Croles Fitjar

Balancing the World: Contemporary Maya ajq'ijab in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

byDaniel Croles Fitjar

Hardcover | October 17, 2014

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In Balancing the World, the author illuminates what an ajq’ij, or «daykeeper», is by presenting material he collected in a series of interviews with practitioners of Maya spirituality. Frequently labeled as Maya priests, shamans, spiritual guides, or even witches, the men and women called ajq’ijab do a variety of work to help their visitors, their ancestors, the spirits and the world itself. Nine interviewees from the Quetzaltenango area in the Guatemalan highlands tell about how they cure and avert illness, perform divinations, communicate with the ancestors and do their part in balancing the world. Most of them agree that they have been chosen for this responsibility and they see it as both a gift and a burden.
Daniel Croles Fitjar studied religion at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion at the University of Bergen (Norway) as well as US history and colonial history at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). His studies have focused on theories of religion, indigenous religions and eurocentrism within t...
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Title:Balancing the World: Contemporary Maya ajq'ijab in Quetzaltenango, GuatemalaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:October 17, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631654731

ISBN - 13:9783631654736

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Contents: Maya – Mayan – Guatemala – Quetzaltenango – Ajq’ij – Aj q’ij – Ajq’ijab – Aj q’ijab – K’iche’ – Mam – Latin America – Shaman – Priest – Divination – Ancestors – Religion – Spirituality – Offering – Syncretism – Mayan Calendar – Christianity – Catholicism – Evangelism.