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Celibacy and Religious Traditions$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306316

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.001.0001

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 Abstinence, Balance, and Political Control in Mesoamerica

 Abstinence, Balance, and Political Control in Mesoamerica

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(p.301) 17 Abstinence, Balance, and Political Control in Mesoamerica
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Celibacy and Religious Traditions
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Jeanne L. Gillespie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.003.0017

Mesoamericans celebrated sexuality, which placed them in opposition to Catholic priests. The cultures manifested a connection between abstinence, purity, and uncleanliness caused by excess and imbalance due to a lack of sexual moderation.

Keywords:   sexuality, Catholic priests, purity, abstinence, excess

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