From Moon Goddesses to Virgins: The Colonization of Yucatecan Maya Sexual Desire

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University of Texas Press, 2000 - History - 320 pages
For the preconquest Maya, sexuality was a part of ritual discourse and performance, and all sex acts were understood in terms of their power to create, maintain, and destroy society. As postconquest Maya adapted to life under colonial rule, they neither fully abandoned these views nor completely adopted the formulation of sexuality prescribed by Spanish Catholicism. Instead, they evolved hybridized notions of sexual desire, represented in the figure of the Virgin Mary as a sexual goddess, whose sex acts embodied both creative and destructive components.

This highly innovative book decodes the process through which this colonization of Yucatan Maya sexual desire occurred. Pete Sigal frames the discussion around a series of texts, including the Books of Chilam Balam and the Ritual of the Bacabs, that were written by seventeenth and eighteenth century Maya nobles to elucidate the history, religion, and philosophy of the Yucatecan Maya communities. Drawing on the insights of philology, discourse analysis, and deconstruction, he analyzes the sexual fantasies, fears, and desires that are presented, often unintentionally, in the "margins" of these texts and shows how they illuminate issues of colonialism, power, ritual, and gender.

 

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Contents

BODIES OF KINGS
128
THE BLOOD OF THE NAME
140
BLOOD NAMING AND MASCULINITY
145
Blood Semen and Ritual
148
BLOOD OF THE VAGINA
149
BLOOD OF THE PENIS
159
PHALLIC MOTIONS AND TRANSSEXUAL BODIES
169
GENDERED BLOOD AND TRANSSEXUAL BODIES
177

REVISITING HYBRIDITY
35
Framing Maya Sexual Desire
37
DEFINING THE HYBRID CULTURAL MATRIX
39
SEX GENDER AND WAR
40
COLONIZING SIN
51
PERFORMING THE HYBRID
59
Fornicating with Priests Communicating with Gods
61
STRATEGIC INVERSIONS
71
ADULTERY RAPE AND THE COMMONERS
77
THINKING OF SEX
89
The Unvirgin Virgin
92
THE MOON GODDESS
93
THE APPEARANCE OF THE VIRGIN MARY
104
THE MOON GODDESS AND THE VIRGIN
113
THE LANGUAGE OF VIRGINITY
121
THE RESILIENCE OF THE MOON GODDESS
124
Gender Lineage and the Blood of the Rulers
127
Transsexuality and the Floating Phallus
178
THE PHALLUS WITHOUT A BODY
179
TRANSSEXUALITY
194
COLONIALISM OEDIPUS AND THE FLOATING PHALLUS
205
Ritualized Bisexuality
208
SODOMITES HOMOSEXUALS BISEXUALS
209
ACTIVITY AND PASSIVITY
217
PEDAGOGY PEDERASTY AND POLITICAL POWER
227
SEXUAL CONTROL
234
Finding the Virgin Mary
236
THEORIZING HYBRIDITY AND SEXUALITY
241
NOTES
246
ABBREVIATIONS
292
BIBLIOGRAPHY
294
INDEX
306
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Page 10 - It is the effect of an ambivalence produced within the rules of recognition of dominating discourses as they articulate the signs of cultural difference and reimplicate them within the deferential relations of colonial power - hierarchy, normalization, marginalization and so forth.
Page 10 - Produced through the strategy of disavowal, the reference of discrimination is always to a process of splitting as the condition of subjection: a discrimination between the mother culture and its bastards, the self and its doubles, where the trace of what is disavowed is not repressed but repeated as something different — a mutation, a hybrid.

About the author (2000)

Pete Sigal is an associate professor of history at California State University, Los Angeles. He is the author of "From Moon Goddesses to Virgins: The Colonization of Yucatecan Maya Sexual Desire,

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