Encyclopedia of Mythology: Maya
From [A]mun to [Z]eus, learn about different cultures through the lens of anthropology as we explore the mythology and religious practices of the Maya!
US Grade 5 - 8
The Encyclopedia of Mythology is a series of one-time classes that explores the sacred stories of various past and present cultures, as well as how those stories fit into secular society. Take one course, take them all, and in any order you choose! The Maya culture is responsible for exceptionally complex pyramids, a richly artistic writing system, and practices and traditions that continue to this day. Their religion formed the basis for much of their everyday life, and their colourful...
I received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Tulane University, and wrote my Honour's Thesis on funerary and mortuary practices throughout differing cultural groups, and how these practices relate to spirituality and religion. The myths and sacred stories of cultures help us understand a variety of aspects of their daily life, and the secular and anthropological study of all spiritual concepts is, in my view, essential to understanding what makes us a global community. In addition, Tulane University is home to MARI, the Middle American Research Institute -- many students in my graduate cohort went on to become Maya archaeologists, and the study of their culture formed a basis for many of my courses. This includes a working knowledge of Maya hieroglyphics, the modern Nahuatl language, as well as the translation of many of these symbols and understanding of pronunciation conventions.
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Many religions, and particularly their mythologies, do contain some adult themes, primarily around sexuality and violence. Concepts such as incest among polytheistic deities or the commission of violent acts may be mentioned. They are addressed in a mature and secular manner, but will not be defined -- therefore, students should be familiar with, and not upset by, some of these concepts in an academic setting.
I am an archaeologist and anthropologist, and have worked extensively in this region, including excavations in Guatemala. Additionally, my alma mater is home to MARI (the Middle American Research Institute), and I am credited with work in their academic journal, which is the foremost source for Maya archaeological discoveries and discussion.
Meet the teacher
Hi everyone! My name is Susan, and I have a BA in Cultural Anthropology and an MA in Bioarchaeology, as well as a BFA in Theatre Performance from Tulane University in beautiful New Orleans, LA. I love anything related to the humanities and the...
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