Breath and smoke : tobacco use among the Maya / edited by Jennifer A. Loughmiller-Cardinal and Keith Eppich ; foreword by John E. Staller
- Introduction : breath and smoke / Jennifer A. Loughmiller-Cardinal and Keith Eppich -- On the origin of the tobacco plant : a Pipil myth from Nahuizalco, El Salvador / Erik Boot -- The intoxicating lady : tobacco and the nature of the moon goddess / Martin Pickands -- "Elder brother tobacco" : traditional nicotiana snuff use among the contemporary Tzeltal and Tzotzil Maya of highland Chiapas, Mexico / Kevin P. Groark -- Allopathic shamanism : indigenous American cultures, psychopharmacy, and the prince of flowers / Michael McBride -- The smoking of bones : Ch'orti' Maya use of tobacco and ritual tobacco substitutes / Kerry Hull -- "Tobacco" as mentioned in hieroglyphic texts on classic Maya pottery flasks and in the late postclassic codices : an essay on the hieroglyphic signs used / Erik Boot -- Archaeology and tobacco : recognizing a common staple in uncommon ways / Jennifer A. Loughmiller-Cardinal -- The curious case of Lady K'abel's snuff bottle : the functionality, form, context, and distribution of classic Maya tobacco flasks / Keith Eppich and Olivia Navarro-Farr -- Modeled miniature flasks in the Museo Nacional de Antropología David J. Guzmán / Jeb J. Card and Ana Claudia María Alfaro Moisa.
- "From Classical antiquity to the present, tobacco has existed as a potent ritual substance. Tobacco use among the Maya straddles a recreational/ritual/medicinal nexus that can be difficult for Western audiences to understand. To best characterize the pervasive substance, this volume assembles scholars from a variety of disciplines and specialties to discuss tobacco in modern and ancient contexts. The chapters utilize research from archaeology, ethnography, mythic narrative, and chemical science from the eighth through the twenty-first centuries. Breath and Smoke explores the uses of tobacco among the Maya of Central America, revealing tobacco as a key topic in pre-Columbian art, iconography, and hieroglyphics. By assessing and considering myths, imagery, hieroglyphic texts, and material goods, as well as modern practices and their somatic effects, this volume brings the Mayan world of the past into greater focus and sheds light on the practices of today"--
- 0826360920 and 9780826360922
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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