Francesco Pellizzi studied Classics and Comparative Religions at the University of Rome, and Anthropology at the E.P.H.E.S.S., in Paris. He wrote a dissertation on the "Jurupari" ritual-mythological complex of the North-West Amazon Basin under the direction of Claude Lévi-Strauss. He joined the Harvard Chiapas Project, carrying out fieldwork among the Maya people of the Chiapas Highlands, in Southern Mexico (1969-74). Since 1974, he has been an associate in Middle American Ethnology at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. In 1981, he co-founded the journal RES - Anthropology and Aesthetics, dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of art and cult objects, which he has edited since 1983.
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