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Masks Of The Spirit: Image And Metaphor In Mesoamerica

by Roberta H. Markman And Peter T. Markman, Contrib. By Joseph Campbell

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Roberta Markman (comparative literature, California State Univ.) and Peter Markman (English, Fullerton Coll.) perceive the Mesoamerican mask as a metaphor and agent of transformation, mirroring in its relationship with its wearer the unity of the "underlying life force and the natural world it forms and sustains." Examples of the mask's symbolism, illustrated with black-and-white and color plates, are drawn from pre-Columbian images of the rain god, modern folkways, and contemporary art. While the Markmans' approach is nearer art than science, it draws on and reconciles scholarship in many disciplines, including anthropology and sociology as well as mythology. The extensive bibliography includes works by Alan Watts, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Joseph Campbell, as well as Mesoamericanists. Recommended for humanities collections in academic and large public libraries.
- Christine Whittington, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.



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