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Monday, March 4 • 08:30 - 10:30
#4/326 – Life after Death, Dead among Alive - Different Aspects of the Underworld in Pre - Columbian and Modern Societies of both Americas

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According to many Native American beliefs, death was not the end but an opening gate to a long path to the otherworld. As a consequence, they equipped burials with numerous grave goods which were not only consider as „objects” but they also reflected the important ideas behind the religious beliefs held by the Native American societies. Dead play an important role even in modern times. Living relatives try to remember and commemorate them during special celebrations. This panel will be dedicated to general concept of underworld and death among the Native Americans.

  • Natalia Tołsty (Uniwersytet Jagielloński)

  • Dorota Bojkowska (Uniwersytet Jagielloński) - Of water and fire - symbolic aspects of Maya grave goods
  • Joanna Jabłońska (Rheinische Friedrick Wilhelms Universität) - Of water and fire - symbolic aspects of Maya grave goods
  • Klaudia Jagoda (Uniwersytet Jagielloński) - Role of animals in Native Americans concept of underworld
  • Jolanta Kiszka (independent scholar) - Cult of ancestors and funeral practices in Tiwanaku and Wari
  • Magdalena Lewandowska (Uniwersytet Jagielloński) - Different concepts of the afterlife in North America Southwest cultures
  • Natalia Tołsty (Uniwersytet Jagielloński) - The Celebrations in Honour of the Ancestors in modern Mexico

Language: English / Polish / Spanish


Dorota Bojkowska

Uniwersytet Jagielloński

Magdalena Lewandowska

Uniwersytet Jagielloński

Natalia Tołsty

Uniwersytet Jagielloński

Joanna Jabłońska

Rheinische Friedrick Wilhelms Universität

Klaudia Jagoda

Uniwersytet Jagielloński

Jolanta Kiszka

Independent Scholar


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