Kintz, Ellen R.. Life under the tropical canopy: tradition and change among the Yucatec Maya

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1/fieldwork Among The Yucatec Maya

The Setting


The First Days

The First Year


1980: The First Time Back

1982: Kitchen Gardens

1983: Medicinal Plants

Yerbateros And H-menob

2/life Under The Tropical Canopy

The Natural Environment

The Social Environment

The Supernatural Environment

Episodes In Time

3/the Web Of Kinship

Kinship In The Past

Kinship, Family, And Society: The Pre-columbian Order (a.d. 600–900)

Kinship, Chilam Balam, And The Katun Prophecies (a.d. 1461–1559)

Kinship System In Transition: The Conquest And Colonial Rule (a.d. 1539–1810)


Kinship In Modern Times (a.d. 1950s–1980s)

The Form Of The Family

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Bilateral Cross-cousin Marriage

Postmarital Residence Patterns

Kinship And Adaptation To Life Under The Tropical Canopy

4/economic Production And Exchange

Economic Organization

Ecology And Economy: The Ancient Order (a.d. 600–900)

The Ancient Order: The Evidence

The Economic System In Transition: The Conquest And Colonial Rule (a.d. 1539–1810)

“green Gold” And Sugarcane: Economic Boom And Bust (a.d. 1860–1915)

The Village Of Kanxoc: 1860s

The Modern Economy

Economic Potential

5/political Leadership

Itzam Na: Iguana House Of Power And Sacrifice (a.d. 600–900)

The Itza “water Witch” House (a.d. 900–1200)

Cocom House At Mayapan (a.d. 1283–1441)

The Cocom At Sotuta (a.d. 1441–1511)

The House Of Henequen, House Of Sugarcane, And House Of Yum Cimil (the Lord Of Death) (a.d. 1812–1915)

The House Of The Chacob (the Rain Gods) (a.d. 1930–1987)

6/the Supernatural World

The Sky Gods (a.d. 600–900)

The Earth Gods (a.d. 900–1200)

The Under World (a.d. 1283–1441)

Prognostication And Magic (a.d. 1441–1511)

Religious Syncretism (a.d. 1511–1812)

Revitalization Movement (a.d. 1840–1920)

Tradition And Change (a.d. 1920–1985)


7/tradition And Change

Pre-hispanic Period (a.d. 600–900)

The Farmer

The Family

Mother, Child, And H-men

The Colonial Period (a.d. 1539–1810)

The Farmer And The H-men

Society, Economy, And Ritual

The Harvest

Modern Period

Farming In The High Rainforest

Tradition And Change

The H-men

The Milpero

The Children

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Life under the tropical canopy: tradition and change among the Yucatec Maya

Published By: Original publisher Fort Worth: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1990. xix, 170 p. ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Ellen R. Kintz

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Maya (Yucatán Peninsula) (NV10)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Historical reconstruction (174); Agriculture (240); Family (590); Religious beliefs (770);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a study of continuity and change in Mayan culture. Kintz examines Mayan kinship, economy, political leadership, and religion in each of seven historical periods between A.D. 600 and 1987. She writes in an evocative style from the perspective of a contemporary observer. The last chapter summarizes the overall changes that occurred between the prehistoric, colonial, and modern periods. She includes a seven-page glossary of Mayan, Yucatec, and Spanish terms.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 14

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nv10-014

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-162) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1975-1985

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). A.D. 600-1987

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Coba, Quintana Roo, Mexico

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Mayas


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