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Toward an Anthropology of the Will$
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Keith M. Murphy and C. Jason Throop

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804768870

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804768870.001.0001

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Willful Souls

Willful Souls

Dreaming and the Dialectics of Self-Experience Among the Tzotzil Maya of Highland Chiapas, Mexico

(p.101) Chapter 5Willful Souls
Toward an Anthropology of the Will

Kevin P. Groark

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This chapter focuses on the connection between “disavowed volition” and dreaming among the Tzotzil Maya of the highland Chiapas, Mexico. It studies the social and psychological dynamics of “dream investiture” and shows the ways basic epistemological and ontological assumptions toward dream experience lead to a culturally distinct approach to self-assertion and wilfulness.

Keywords:   disavowed volition, dreaming, Tzotzil Maya, dream investiture, dream experience, self-assertion, wilfulness

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