The Food of the Present Day Maya Indians of Yucatan

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Author: Benedict, Frances G and Morris Steggedra from the library of George M Foster

Year: 1936

Publisher: Carnegie Institution of Washington

Place: Washington, DC


155-188 pages with tables. Quarto (11 1/2" x 9") bound in original wrappers. From the library of George M Foster. CIW Contributions to American Archaeology number 18. Part of CIW publication number 456. First edition.

Until the Carnegie Institution of Washington began it archaeological studies in Yucatan, little was known about food habits of the Maya, what types of food they eat, and how they prepare their food. This is a qualitative and quantitative study of the present-day Maya diet (1936), not only to determine whether the high metabolism of these people is explained by their diet but to obtain some hint from the food habits of these Indians as to the probable food supplies and dietary customs of the Maya of prehistoric times. this latter phase of the study especially represents a contribution to the larger Central American program that was carried on by the CIW. In some parts of Yucatan the Maya Indians still existed on a diet that was almost entirely independent of white man's civilization, although those associating with Spaniards in cities like Merida were naturally influenced by white man's food.

George McClelland Foster, Jr born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on October 9, 1913, died on May 18, 2006, at his home in the hills above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as a professor from 1953 to his retirement in 1979, when he became professor emeritus. His contributions to anthropological theory and practice still challenge us; in more than 300 publications, his writings encompass a wide diversity of topics, including acculturation, long-term fieldwork, peasant economies, pottery making, public health, social structure, symbolic systems, technological change, theories of illness and wellness, humoral medicine in Latin America, and worldview. The quantity, quality, and long-term value of his scholarly work led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1976. Virtually all of his major publications have been reprinted and/or translated. Provenance from the executor of Foster's library laid in.


George M Foster's stamp to front wrappers, light rubbing to the extremities with some offset age darkening. Else a very good copy.

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