Objects as Persons: Integrating Maya Beliefs and Anthropological Theory
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.
Hendon, Julia A. “Objects as Persons: Integrating Maya Beliefs and Anthropological Theory.” Power and Identity in Archaeological Theory and Practice: Case Studies from Ancient Mesoamerica. Ed. Eleanor Harrison-Buck. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2012. 82-89.