Anthropology •  Latin America and Religion

Rituals of Sacrifice: Walking the Face of the Earth on the Sacred Path of the Sun

Vincent Stanzione
Photographs by Paul Harbaugh

Living and working among the Tz'utujil Maya people of Santiago Atitlán in highland Guatemala for some fifteen years, Vincent Stanzione has observed, photographed, and participated in their ritual and ceremonial life, which he describes with unique authority in this account of the continuities in Mayan culture from pre-Columbian times to the present.

"This book represents both a confirmation and an innovation in the scholarship and field work about the religious imagination and rites of passage of Maya peoples. I know of no book that is as able to a) link the pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary religious practices of these peoples into a coherent narrative, b) combine anthropological/religious studies theory with linguistics and ongoing field work as creatively and c) illuminate the debate between models of 'syncretism' and 'transculturation' about a contemporary ritual cycle as Stanzione's beautifully illustrated work."--David Carrasco, Harvard University


Vincent Stanzione is an American anthropologist living in Guatemala.

8 x 10 in. 352 pages 112 illustrations, 7 maps