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An Unholy Rebellion: Political Ideology and Insurrection in the Mayan Popul Vuh and the Andean Huarochiri Manuscript

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dc.contributor.advisor Firbas, Paul en_US
dc.contributor.author Fredrick, Sharonah en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:53:21Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:53:21Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/77695 en_US
dc.description 336 pg. en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract of the Dissertation An Unholy Rebellion: Political Ideology and Insurrection in the Mayan Popul Vuh and the Andean Huarochiri Manuscript By Sharonah Esther Fredrick Doctor of Philosophy In Hispanic Languages and Literature Stony Brook University 2014 When the great Peruvian writer Jose Maria Arguedas observed that the Huarochiri Manuscript was a sort of Popul Vuh of Peruvian antiquity, he may or may not have perceived, (he does not elaborate) that the similarity was based on an extraordinary cynicism that pervaded both of these Native American manuscripts in the context of Spanish colonial America. The cynicism was directed at the " Divine," at colonial-style Catholicism but not only; Native American (Mayan and Andean) religion came in for a drubbing as well. Whatever the differences extant between Mayan and non-Incan Andean cosmologies, there is an undeniable narrative parallelism between the Popul Vuh and the Huarochiri Manuscript, arising from the political fragmentation and cultural heterogeneity that characterize Andean and Mayan regions to this day. This confusing but intellectually rich state of affairs led to a questioning of authority per se, and this dissertation explores this factious attitude, and its historical roots, in these seminal literary works of Colonial Native America. The oral and later written Andean literature, and the written (and following the 1562 ecclesiastical burning of the Yucatan codices) later oral Mayan literature is inseparable from a re-reading of the Hispanic colonial sources. Taken together, they paint a provocative picture of cultural/indigenous resistance in the colonial world. But the situation cannot be reduced to a simple black-white equation. Women and children complicate this equation, assuming leadership capacities that contradict all the cultures in question. What makes the epics of the Huarochiri Manuscript and the Popul Vuh extraordinary is their rejection of Native American forms of empire as much as the European variants. This work investigates the roots of that insubordination, applying a multidisciplinary approach that utilizes history, literature, archaeology, and anthropology in equal measure. Why did the Mayans and the non-Incan Andeans fight on, long after the larger and more centralized Aztec and Incan empires had disappeared? Important hints lie in these literary epics, later substantiated by the historical and archaeological investigation that forms the backdrop of this dissertation. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Latin American studies en_US
dc.subject.other Huarochiri, Hunahpu, Ixbalaamque, Mayas, Pariacaca, Yauyos en_US
dc.title An Unholy Rebellion: Political Ideology and Insurrection in the Mayan Popul Vuh and the Andean Huarochiri Manuscript en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Roncero Lopez, Victoriano en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Perez Melgosa, Adrian en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Vernon, Kathleen en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Carroll, Clare. en_US


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