Maya Wars: Ethnographic Accounts from Nineteenth-century Yucatán

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Terry Rugeley
University of Oklahoma Press, 2001 - Social Science - 224 pages
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Maya Wars is the first collection of documents devoted entirely to the nineteenth-century Yucatec Mayas. This compilation includes writings by priests, missionaries, Hispanic officials and military officers, foreign travelers and explorers, and the Mayas themselves. It follows the Mayas through the early national republic, the upheavals of the mid-century Caste War (1847-1901), the short-lived period of French Imperialism (1864-1867), and the repressive monoculture of the century's last two decades.

Providing an unparalleled window into the daily lives of the rural Mayas, the book covers social organization, religion, family life, agriculture, recreation, military readiness, and medicinal beliefs and practices. In addition, rare captivity narratives offer insight into the experiences of prisoners of war held by Caste War rebels.

Terry Rugeley's concise introductions to the documents and helpful notes place this material in historical and cultural context, and his clear translations of the Spanish and Maya documents into English make them easily readable.

  

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Contents

Introduction
3
THE PREWAR YEARS
17
THE CASTE WAR
49
Venancio Pecs Letter to Modesto
57
William Andersons
65
The Captivity Narrative of Jose de
79
A Second Anonymous Report on Rebel
95
BELIZE GUATEMALA AND THE PAClFKOS
99
LIFE IN PACIFIED YUCATAN
139
The Will of a Condemned Batab and Two Associates
141
The Testimony of Marcelo Uc
143
Juan Pablo Ancona on Maya Religious Practices
146
The Abogado Defensor de Indios States His Case
148
Two Personal Accounts of War
151
A Poor Mayas Will
153
A Prosperous Mayas Will
155

Amado Belizario Barreiros Travels among the War Refugees in Guatemala
101
Richard Fletchers Ethnography
103
Alfredo Giolma on the Corozal Community
115
A Speech to the Emperor
117
Maya Rebels Visit the Corozal Community
118
Salvador Valenzuela Visits the Peten Mayas
121
Three Accounts of Life among the Pacificos
123
A Letter from the Pacificos del Sur
128
Following Page
130
Public market on the Yucatan Peninsula 2000
136
THE CLOSE OF THE CENTURY
159
Karl Sapper on LateNineteenth Century Maya Settlements
161
Thomas Ganns Description of the Maya Indians of Quintana Roo and Belize
170
A Frenchman Appreciates Peninsular Charm
184
Santiago Pacheco Cruzs Account of Rural Celebrations
187
Yucatec Mayas in the Modern Day
197
Glossary
201
Bibliographical Essay
211
Index
221
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About the author (2001)

Terry Rugeley is Professor of Mexican and Latin American History at the University of Oklahoma. He has produced numerous scholarly monographs, translations, and edited collections on the history and culture of southeast Mesoamerica.

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