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Religions 2016, 7(2), 17;

Glocalization and Transnationalization in (neo)-Mayanization Processes: Ethnographic Case Studies from Mexico and Guatemala

Institute for Social Sciences of Contemporary Religion, University of Lausanne, UNIL-Dorigny, Anthropole-Desk 5065, Lausanne 1015, Switzerland
Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, Pavillon Desmarais, Laurier Ave. East, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
Academic Editors: Victor Roudometof and Peter Iver Kaufman
Received: 14 October 2015 / Revised: 28 December 2015 / Accepted: 30 December 2015 / Published: 15 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Glocal Religions)
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In this article, the author focuses on the field of neo-Mayanity and its current transformations. She analyzes these transformations using a historico-ethnographic approach, which includes two phases. The first one consists in reconstructing the historical development of the “Mayan” category in two different social contexts. The second one focuses on current narrative and imageries produced around this category, stemming from ethnographic fieldwork in Mexico and Guatemala. Since the “2012 phenomenon”, in both countries, the accelerating transnationalization of the religious leaders has triggered a resignification of contents through various logics of rearrangement, innovation, cohabitation and glocalization. Finally, she demonstrates that the variations in the different ethnographies are linked with the religious leaders’ biographies and the modes of signification of the “Mayan” category—influenced by the socio-historical contexts of production. View Full-Text
Keywords: glocalization; transnationalization; Central America; neo-Mayanity; 2012 phenomenon glocalization; transnationalization; Central America; neo-Mayanity; 2012 phenomenon
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