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The Beast Between

The Beast Between

The white-tailed deer had a prominent status in Maya civilization; it was the most important wild-animal food source at many inland Maya sites and also functioned as a major ceremonial symbol. Offering an in-depth semantic analysis of this imagery, The Beast Between considers iconography, hieroglyph

ISBN10 : 9781477318072 , ISBN13 : 1477318070

Page Number : 288

Star Gods Of The Maya

Star Gods Of The Maya

Observations of the sun, moon, planets, and stars played a central role in ancient Maya lifeways, as they do today among contemporary Maya who maintain the traditional ways. This pathfinding book reconstructs ancient Maya astronomy and cosmology through the astronomical information encoded in Precol

ISBN10 : 9780292778511 , ISBN13 : 0292778511

Page Number : 382

The Jaguar Within

The Jaguar Within

Shamanism—the practice of entering a trance state to experience visions of a reality beyond the ordinary and to gain esoteric knowledge—has been an important part of life for indigenous societies throughout the Americas from prehistoric times until the present. Much has been written about shaman

ISBN10 : 9780292749504 , ISBN13 : 0292749503

Page Number : 243

The Memory Of Bones

The Memory Of Bones

All of human experience flows from bodies that feel, express emotion, and think about what such experiences mean. But is it possible for us, embodied as we are in a particular time and place, to know how people of long ago thought about the body and its experiences? In this groundbreaking book, thre

ISBN10 : 9780292756182 , ISBN13 : 0292756186

Page Number : 334

Masks Of The Spirit

Masks Of The Spirit

Drawing on secondary works in archaeology, art history, folklore, ethnohistory, ethnography, and literature, the authors maintain that the mask is the central metaphor for the Mesoamerican concept of spiritual reality. Covers the long history of the use of the ritual mask by the peoples who created

ISBN10 : 0520064186 , ISBN13 : 9780520064188

Page Number : 254

To Be Like Gods

To Be Like Gods

The Maya of Mexico and Central America have performed ritual dances for more than two millennia. Dance is still an essential component of religious experience today, serving as a medium for communication with the supernatural. During the Late Classic period (AD 600-900), dance assumed additional imp

ISBN10 : 9780292778184 , ISBN13 : 029277818X

Page Number : 296

Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture

Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture

Recently, scholars of Olmec visual culture have identified symbols for umbilical cords, bundles, and cave-wombs, as well as a significant number of women portrayed on monuments and as figurines. In this groundbreaking study, Carolyn Tate demonstrates that these subjects were part of a major emphasis

ISBN10 : 9780292728523 , ISBN13 : 0292728522

Page Number : 339