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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

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

Jeanne L. Gillespie

Oxford University Press

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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