Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes - Molly Bassett

Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes - Molly Bassett

73. What do trickster tales tell us about human beings, and why are they important in Indigenous cultures?

Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes - Molly Bassett

Davíd Carrasco [+-]
Harvard University
Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, is a Mexican American historian of religions with particular interest in Mesoamerican cities as symbols and the Mexican-American borderlands. Working with Mexican archaeologists, he has carried out research in the excavations and archives associated with the sites of Teotihuacan and Mexico-Tenochtitlan resulting in Religions of Mesoamerica and City of Sacrifice. Carrasco has received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor the Mexican government gives to a foreign national, and was recognized as the University of Chicago Alumnus of the Year in 2014.

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Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes aims to answer many of the questions that come to mind when we think about the religious lives of Native and Indigenous peoples of the world. Scholars from many fields answer dozens of questions about a wide variety of specific Indigenous religious traditions and an array of the ideas, practices, and beliefs many people associate with them. Do Native peoples have “creator Gods?” What is shamanism? Why are there so many spellings of "voodoo?" Is Paganism considered an Indigenous religious tradition? We also interrogate the concept of "Indigenous religious traditions," by asking what the phrase means in relation to the larger fields of Native American and Indigenous Studies and Religious Studies, whether all religions were at some point "indigenous," and what the value of studying Indigenous religious traditions is today. Specialists respond to questions like these and many others in easily accessible language and provide references for further exploration, making this volume useful for personal study or classroom use.

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Carrasco, Davíd. 73. What do trickster tales tell us about human beings, and why are they important in Indigenous cultures?. Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2022. ISBN 9781800502031. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=43188. Date accessed: 08 Aug 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43188. Sep 2022

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