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dc.contributor.authorJennings, George
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-05T08:41:21Z
dc.date.available2017-05-05T08:41:21Z
dc.date.issued2016-06-01
dc.identifier.citationJennings, G. (2016) 'Ancient wisdom, modern warrriors: the (re) invention of a Mesoamerican tradition in Xilam', Martial Arts Studies, (2), pp.59-70en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/8437
dc.descriptionThis article was published in Martial Arts Studies on 01 June 2016 (online), available open access at http://dx.doi.org/10.18573/j.2016.10064en_US
dc.description.abstractXilam is a modern Mexican martial art that is inspired by pre- Hispanic warrior cultures of ancient Mesoamerica, namely the Aztecs (Mexica), Maya and Zapotec cultures. It provides a noteworthy case study of a Latin American fighting system that has been recently invented, but aspires to rescue, rediscover and relive the warrior philosophies that existed before the Spanish Conquest and subsequent movements beginning in 1521. Using the thought-provoking work of anthropologist Guillermo Bonfil Batalla, México Profundo, I aim to analyse the Xilam Martial Arts Association through the way that they represent themselves in their three main media outlets: the official webpage, the Facebook group and the YouTube channel. Overall, the data suggests that certain elements of Mesoamerican civilisation may be transmitted to young Mexicans through a mind-body discipline, which in turn acts as a form of physical (re)education. Overall, xilam is both an invented tradition (in a technical sense) and a re-invented tradition (in a cultural sense) that provides lessons on the timeless issues of transformation, transmission and transcendence.en_US
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherCardiff University Pressen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMartial Arts Studies;
dc.subjectmartial artsen_US
dc.subjectMexicoen_US
dc.subjectanthropologyen_US
dc.subjectmedia analysisen_US
dc.subjectonline methodsen_US
dc.subjectdigital methodsen_US
dc.subjectinvention of traditionen_US
dc.subjectnetnographyen_US
dc.titleAncient wisdom, modern warriors: The (re)invention of a Mesoamerican tradition in Xilamen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18573/j.2016.10064
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-05-01
rioxxterms.funderCardiff Metropolitan Universityen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectCardiff Metropolian (Internal)en_US
rioxxterms.versionVoRen_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-05-05
rioxxterms.funder.project37baf166-7129-4cd4-b6a1-507454d1372een_US


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