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010116 VU Introduction to Mesoamerican Religions (2019W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Lehrender: Milan KOVAC



Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Schriftliche Prüfung: 13.12.2019, 11.30-13.00 Uhr, SR 1

Friday 08.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 4 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 08.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum i2/3 (islam) Schenkenstraße 8-10 EG
Friday 08.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 22.11. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 29.11. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5
Friday 06.12. 12:15 - 16:15 Seminarraum 3 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 13.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims, contents and method of the course
Mesoamerica (southern part of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, western parts of Honduras and Salvador) is the cradle of the most developed civilisation of pre-Columbian America. In the very long period from 2000 B.C.E. to 1521 C.E., various cultures with relatively homogeneous features regarding religion, rituals, or calendar flourished there. Among the most important ones were the Maya and the Aztecs, which we will primarily discuss in the course. The main focus will be on ritual and religion, which we will analyse from multiple perspectives. Starting with the history of research, we will critically engage with historical sources, and we will continue with archaeological, epigraphic, and iconographic sources. Finally, the approaches of modern anthropology and ethnology will be explored, which will complement the ancient horizon and show the continuity to the present.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment and permitted materials
The mode of assessment is listed in the section below. The language of instruction is English. Students are expected to engage in class discussion.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
The course assessment consists of a written exam (50%); a power-point presentation (30%); participation and class interaction (20%).

Examination topics

Examination topics:
Lecture contents

Reading list

Reading list
· Alfred, M. Tozzer, Landa's Relación de las cosas de Yucatán. A Translation. Peabody Museum, Cambridge MA, 1941.
· J.E.S. Thompson, Maya History and Religion. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1970.
· Tedlock, Dennis (trans.). Popol Vuh: the Definitive Edition of the Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life and the Glories of Gods and Kings. Revised Edition. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996).
· Miller, Mary; Karl Taube. The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya. London: Thames and Hudson, 1993.
· Bernardino de Sahagun. Florentine Codex: General History of the Things of New Spain. University of Utah Press, 1970.
Additional readings are provided ad personam.

Association in the course directory

066 800 M02, M15, 033 195 BRP 09rwb, 033 195 BRP 17rwb

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