Chichen-Itza in Mexico: battlefield or seed of the future? Finding a balance between collective spirits

Woynar, Marion (2008) Chichen-Itza in Mexico: battlefield or seed of the future? Finding a balance between collective spirits. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Looking at the archaeological site of Chichen-Itza in Mexico, the paper brings out the official spirit of the place, born from archaeology and the subaltern spirit born from the indigenous Mayan culture. The identification of a plurality of spirits reveals however an unbalanced power relation between these spirits. The paper tries to historically identify the origins of the current imblance and suggests strategies to overcome this imbalance, some that can be applied to other similar cases.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Woynar, MarionUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: archaeological site; World Heritage List; spirit of place; sacred places; aboriginal cultures
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 02. Archaeological site and remains
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza, Mexico
UNESCO WHC Number: 483
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2010 16:57
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:13
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