This book examines the critical and often undervalued contributions of women to the culture, well-being, and subsistence of their communities as active, powerful, and wise ritual specialists.
· Coverage includes local practices in countries as diverse as Australia, Peru, India, Mexico, South Korea, Vietnam, Chile, Canada, and Guatemala
· Presents information from interviews with women who serve as powerful sociopolitical agents, healers, leaders, and religious ritual specialists
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At the core of most indigenous religions is a deep respect for the earth expressed in rituals and practices that foster sustainability. Nature is often regarded as a sacred entity that comprises all the people of the earth. The endeavor of maintaining and transmitting these rituals and practices is commonly entrusted to female spiritual and intellectual leaders.About the Author:
Sylvia Marcos, PhD, researches, teaches, and publishes on gender issues in ancient and contemporary Mesoamerica.
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