Religion

The Sacred Oral Tradition of the Havasupai

As Retold By Elders and Headmen Manakaja and Sinyella 1918–1921
Edited by Frank TikalskyCatherine EulerJohn Nagel

This collection of forty-eight stories is one of the earliest, most complete translations of an entire Native American oral tradition.

The Maya World of Communicating Objects

Quadripartite Crosses, Trees, and Stones
By Miguel Angel Astor-Aguilera

Astor-Aguilera argues that the western concept of religion and religious objects is not the framework for understanding Mayan cosmology or practice.

Strange Jeremiahs

Civil Religion and the Literary Imaginations of Jonathan Edwards, Herman Melville, and W. E. B. Du Bois
By Carole Stewart

Stewart studies the writings of three American authors who all helped define civil religion through their expressions of the tradition of the jeremiad, or prophetic judgment of a people for backsliding from their destiny.

The Myths of the Opossum

Pathways of Mesoamerican Mythology
By Alfredo Austin
Translated by Bernard Ortiz de Montellano

First published in 1990 under the title Los mitos del tlacuache, this is the first major theoretical study of Mesoamerican mythology by one of the foremost scholars of Aztec ideology.

Singing to the Plants

A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon
By Stephan V. Beyer

This accessible study of ayahuasca shamanism introduces its ritual practices, including healers' spiritual relationships with the native plants used in its ceremonies.

Untold Sisters

Hispanic Nuns in Their Own Works
Revised Edition
By Electa ArenalStacey Schlau
Translated by Amanda Powell

In this revised edition of the first introduction to Hispanic convent culture published in the United States, the authors present the works of nuns going back to the sixteenth century.

Allies at Odds

The Andean Church and Its Indigenous Agents, 1583-1671
By John Charles

Explores the vital, often conflictive role indigenous agents played in the creation of Andean Christian society.

Golden States of Grace

Prayers of the Disinherited
Photographs by Rick Nahmias

Taking California as a window into the diversity of religion in America, Golden States of Grace documents marginalized communities at prayer in their own faith traditions.

The Very Nature of God

Baroque Catholicism and Religious Reform in Bourbon Mexico City
By Brian Larkin

Using wills and other testaments of faith, Larkin examines the complex efforts by secular and religious authorities to reform religious practice during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

María of Ágreda

Mystical Lady in Blue
By Marilyn H. Fedewa

The intriguing story of the legendary "Lady in Blue" will be of interest to cultural and religious historians, as well as to women who have struggled for equality against all odds.

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