Title

Objects as Persons: Integrating Maya Beliefs and Anthropological Theory

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2012

Department

Anthropology

Abstract

I discuss how the theoretical frameworks of several prominent anthropologists compare to indigenous concepts of personhood and identity. I emphasize the ways that inanimate objects are seen as persons and why such attribution makes sense in Mesoamerican philosophies of the self and anthropological theorizing about the self.

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