Yanitsa Buendia de Llaca

Religions in North America; Latin American Religion and Spirituality; Mexicans and Latinos in the U.S.


Areas of interest

Mexican and Chicano religions; Toltec/Aztec spiritualities; Movement and Mobility; Embodiment; Anthropology of religion.


Title:“Bodies in Movement, Minds of Nature. A History of the Toltec/Aztec Spiritual Renaissance in Mexican-Chicago and it’s Reformation. From Mexicayotl to Macehualliztli”

Advisor: Rudy Busto

My dissertation focuses on embodied knowledge and mobility inside revival forms of indigenous spiritualities. Specifically, I focus on practitioners of Mexicayotl and Toltecayotl Movements in the United States. I recognize the Mexicayotl and Toltecayotl groups as spiritual organizations that operate in transnational contexts as decolonial forms for identity seeking. In my project, I challenge Mexican racial formations of mestizaje and question who and why people re-identify as indigenous. I also explore notions of movement and mobility: how bodies and ideas of Mexicayotl move in between Mexico and the United States; as well as how bodily knowledge and history production gets transmitted by disciplines such as danza (e.g. Aztec dance), archery, and the study of the ritual calendar and Mesoamerican symbols.

Master’s Thesis: “La configuración de las identidades colectivas en nuevos moviminetos místico-religiosos. El caso del movimiento de Regina” (Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, 2014)

Advisor: Victor Gabriel Muro Gonzalez