Los anos del cambio: Historia urbana de Bogota: 1820-1910. 2d ed.

Los anos del cambio: Historia urbana de Bogota: 1820-1910. 2d ed. publication of his fieldwork carried out in 1938 – 39 and presented in his doctoral dissertation in 1940. It has not been updated or revised much; the bibliography has only three citations later than 1940. This fact has consequences. It documents many practices that no longer exist. On the other hand, it does not take advantage of many more recent monographic works: Jeffrey and Mary Parsons’s Maguey Utilization in Highland Central Mexico (1990) is an excellent and much more detailed description of the making of pulque; William Merrill’s Rarámuri Souls (1988) describes the social meaning of tesgüino for the Tarahumara; and Alfredo López Austin’s The Myths of the Opossum (1993) explores the mythological relationships among the moon, pulque, and the opossum. Given Bruman’s extensive fieldwork and the period when he explored Mexico, it is a pity that he provides so few ethnographic details. Reading the book is almost like reading an annotated table. He clearly describes the geographic regions involved, the various plants fermented, the groups partaking of the brews, even the characteristics and taste of the various “wines,” but we get practically no description of the role these beverages played in the social, religious, and mythological life http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hispanic American Historical Review Duke University Press

Los anos del cambio: Historia urbana de Bogota: 1820-1910. 2d ed.

Hispanic American Historical Review, Volume 82 (1) – Feb 1, 2002

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2002 by Duke University Press
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0018-2168
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1527-1900
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10.1215/00182168-82-1-178
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publication of his fieldwork carried out in 1938 – 39 and presented in his doctoral dissertation in 1940. It has not been updated or revised much; the bibliography has only three citations later than 1940. This fact has consequences. It documents many practices that no longer exist. On the other hand, it does not take advantage of many more recent monographic works: Jeffrey and Mary Parsons’s Maguey Utilization in Highland Central Mexico (1990) is an excellent and much more detailed description of the making of pulque; William Merrill’s Rarámuri Souls (1988) describes the social meaning of tesgüino for the Tarahumara; and Alfredo López Austin’s The Myths of the Opossum (1993) explores the mythological relationships among the moon, pulque, and the opossum. Given Bruman’s extensive fieldwork and the period when he explored Mexico, it is a pity that he provides so few ethnographic details. Reading the book is almost like reading an annotated table. He clearly describes the geographic regions involved, the various plants fermented, the groups partaking of the brews, even the characteristics and taste of the various “wines,” but we get practically no description of the role these beverages played in the social, religious, and mythological life

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