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1/17 - The Great EncounterNew World: Pre European arrival-Inca Quipus for record keeping … burned by Spaniards-Bridges, stone walls, observatories, etc all in place-Mystery of ball courts … central to life and culture … ceremonial and religiousPopul Vuh-What is the source? Spaniards wrote it in secrecy … translated by Dominican Friar-Meant to be read b/c was initially oral and produced for Quiche Maya-a narrative representation of the Mayan calendar, and someone familiar with the calendar will be able to use the story to track celestial events-situates this image of a proper Mayan person that encompasses both divine and human history-Purpose of myths … shared ideology and culture and rationale for the unexplainable-Lens for looking at world … what’s important and their role and way of being-Existing social relationships and how to see difference-Baseline for critical elements of a community-Being human-Praising creator-Language (to praise)-Have to be able to move and think-Self awareness that wooden people don’t have-Made of food and air and water and light … we are made of our environment-Can’t exist independently of environment-Vision clouded to only see what’s directly in front of them-Difference from Christianity-Gods don’t always get what they want / doesn’t work the first time-Plural gods-Both have resurrection but popul has vengeance against death-Creation is a social process of conversation-Both have fear of humans knowing too much-Duality-Twins do everything together and act in relation to each other-Their duality and its relation to others implies necessity of 3rd party-Nothing happens just between two / twin actions relate to a third-Similar to Catholicism / Europeans could learn something from this-Going through church to be in relation to God … relationship is mediated-God the trinity-Mirror and mirrored … ** documents as oracles … don’t present themselves so we have to ask them questions
1/22OH at 12:30-2pm / right after class on Tuesday & Thursday or Wednesday in Nau 382Conquest-Conquest of America as greatest event of history of mankind besides Christ-Important for people worldwide in unacknowledged ways-

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