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Javier Galicia Silva 


Abstract of paper given at Indigenous Traditions and Ecology conference:
Religion, Ceremony, and Agriculture among the Contemporary Nahuatl Communities of Mesoamerica

The wisdom of ancient Mesoamerican civilizations continues communities throughout Mexico. It also continues in the system of naming, language, toponomy, myths, agriculture and the environment. My interest is to show how the contemporary indigenous people communicate with the Cemanahuac, or "that which surrounds us," creating the links between human beings, diving beings, and nature. This process will be shown in relation to the ritual and agricultural life of Nahuatl communities in central Mexico.

Indigenous people understand that daily life is tetzahuitl, or "miraculous," and that in the countryside a bridge exists between in teopan, in tlahtilpac, "that which is divine, and that which is of the earth." The sacred words of the Nahuatls, including human beings, are filled with the "miraculous." Everything in the nahuatl world which is touched affectionately by the divine beings represents a part of the sacred. The meaning of many of these millenarian practices and conceptions have found new significance as they are repeated in Nahuatl language, and are reproduced and adapted to contemporary Nahuatl ways of life.


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