Download Lightning Warrior: Maya Art and Kingship at Quirigua by Matthew G. Looper PDF

By Matthew G. Looper

The historic Maya urban of Quirigua occupied a crossroads among Copan within the southeastern Maya highlands and the main facilities of the Peten heartland. notwithstanding consistently a comparatively small urban, Quirigua stands proud due to its public monuments, that have been many of the maximum achievements of vintage Maya civilization. outstanding not just for his or her vast measurement, excessive sculptural caliber, and eloquent hieroglyphic texts, the sculptures of Quirigua also are one of many few entire, in situ sequence of Maya monuments at any place, which makes them a very important resource of knowledge approximately historic Maya spirituality and political perform inside of a particular old context.

Using epigraphic, iconographic, and stylistic analyses, this learn explores the built-in political-religious meanings of Quirigua's huge sculptures through the eighth-century A.D. reign of the city's most renowned ruler, K'ak' Tiliw. particularly, Matthew Looper specializes in the position of stelae and different sculpture in representing the personality of the ruler not just as a political authority but in addition as a manifestation of assorted supernatural entities with whom he was once linked via ritual functionality. via tracing this sculptural software from its Early vintage beginnings during the reigns of K'ak' Tiliw and his successors, and likewise via linking it to practices at Copan, Looper deals very important new insights into the politico-religious historical past of Quirigua and its ties to different vintage Maya facilities, the function of kingship in Maya society, and the advance of Maya art.

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Download Exploring Maya Ritual Caves: Dark Secrets from the Maya by Stanislav Chládek PDF

By Stanislav Chládek

Exploring Maya Ritual Caves bargains a unprecedented survey and explication of many of the identified historical Maya ritual caves in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. The caves have been the Maya underworld, the place rituals, together with animal and human sacrifice, have been performed. The Maya cave cult and mythology, development and amendment of the caves, and cult paintings and artifacts are mentioned. Chládek, an intrepid explorer, then describes very important caves that he has lately visited and offers images in their wonders.

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Download Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American by Richard Price PDF

By Richard Price

Thirty-five years into his study one of the descendants of insurgent slaves residing within the South American rain woodland, anthropologist Richard rate encountered Tooy, a clergyman, thinker, and healer dwelling in a coarse shantytown at the outskirts of Cayenne, French Guiana. Tooy is a time tourist who crosses barriers among centuries, continents, the worlds of the dwelling and the useless, and the obvious and invisible. With an cutting edge mix of storytelling and scholarship, Travels with Tooy recounts the jointly enlightening and mind-expanding trips of those intellectuals.Included at the itinerary for this hallucinatory day trip: forays into the eighteenth century to speak with slaves newly arrived from Africa; leaps into the midst of battles opposed to colonial armies; shut encounters with double brokers and femme fatale wooded area spirits; and journeys underwater to talk to the comely sea gods who keep watch over the world’s cash provide. This captivating booklet attracts on Price’s long term ethnographic and archival study, yet particularly on Tooy’s teachings, songs, tales, and mystery languages to discover how Africans within the Americas have created impressive new worlds of the mind's eye. (20070702)

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Download I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, Elisabeth Burgos-Debray (ed.) PDF

By Rigoberta Menchú, Elisabeth Burgos-Debray (ed.)

Trans. through Ann Wright

Now an international bestseller, the notable lifetime of Rigoberta Menchú, a Guatemalan peasant girl, displays at the studies universal to many Indian groups in Latin the USA. Menchú suffered gross injustice and difficulty in her formative years: her brother, parents have been murdered by means of the Guatemalan army. She discovered Spanish and grew to become to catechistic paintings as an expression of political insurrection in addition to non secular dedication. Menchú vividly conveys the conventional ideals of her neighborhood and her own reaction to feminist and socialist principles. particularly, those pages are illuminated by means of the long-lasting braveness and passionate experience of justice of a rare lady.

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Download Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering The by Simon Martin, Nikolai Grube PDF

By Simon Martin, Nikolai Grube

The perfect reference on Maya archaeology.—Science NewsBehind the traditional towns of the Maya and their deserted artistic endeavors lie the turbulent tales in their ruling dynasties. one of many world's maximum and strongest civilizations, the Maya skilled consistent clash in a panorama divided between quite a few kingdoms. severe rivalries, rapacious conquerors, and repeated dynastic defeat and breakdown are universal subject matters in lots of stories of this robust civilization. the traditional Maya stay some of the most shiny parts of analysis in international archaeology. clean discoveries within the box, including the continuing strategy of hieroglyphic decipherment, suggest that info is continually coming to gentle. This new edition of the one finished, kingdom-by-kingdom background of the traditional Maya brings the tale absolutely brand new with formerly unknown rulers and new glyphic readings, in addition to more information on international relations and war. 366 illustrations, 86 in colour

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Download The Cambridge History of Latin America by Leslie Bethell PDF

By Leslie Bethell

The essays in quantity 10: Latin the USA for the reason that 1930: rules, tradition and Society talk about the modernist tradition of the Twenties in Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico; the renaissance of Latin American philosophy within the Forties; significant tendencies in Latin American narrative and poetry, together with the indigenous literatures and cultures; the paintings of twentieth-century Latin American composers, architects, and filmmakers; Latin American mass media, together with newspapers, magazines, radio and tv; and the advance of sculpture, portray, and mural artwork within the 20th century.

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Download Tatiana Proskouriakoff: Interpreting the Ancient Maya by Char Solomon PDF

By Char Solomon

Born in Siberia in the course of a turbulent interval in Russian background, Tatiana Proskouriakoff got here to the United States together with her relatives while her father was once commissioned in the course of international battle I via Czar Nicholas II to supervise the creation of munitions within the usa. With the Czar’s abdication and the onset of the Russian Revolution, the Proskouriakoffs’ short stopover at turned a relocation.Proskouriakoff excelled in artwork and accomplished a level in structure. She entered the sector of Mesoamerican archaeology within the mid-1930s as a draftsperson and artist for a school of Pennsylvania archaeological undertaking within the Pet?n rainforest of Guatemala. in the course of her profession, which spanned fifty years, Proskouriakoff grew to become recognized for her thorough scholarship. In her landmark paintings, An Album of Maya structure, Proskouriakoff mixed her creative skills and architectural historical past to provide a imaginative and prescient of historical Maya websites, resembling Cop?n and Chichen Itza, on the peak in their grandeur. by way of the top of her lifestyles, she had turn into one of many premiere students of Mayan civilization.In this primary full-length biography of Proskouriakoff, Char Solomon chronicles the lifetime of this outstanding woman.For additional info approximately this name, please stopover at

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Download Maya Worldviews at Conquest (Mesoamerican Worlds) by Leslie G. Cecil, Timothy W. Pugh PDF

By Leslie G. Cecil, Timothy W. Pugh

Maya Worldviews at Conquest examines Maya tradition and social existence simply sooner than touch and the impression the following Spanish conquest, in addition to touch with different Mesoamerican cultures, had at the Maya worldview.

Focusing at the Postclassic and Colonial classes, Maya Worldviews at Conquest presents a nearby research of archaeological and epigraphic facts of Maya ideology, panorama, ancient realization, ritual practices, and spiritual symbolism prior to and through the Spanish conquest. via cautious research, the quantity makes a speciality of the effect of conversion, hybridization, resistance, and revitalization at the Mayans’ knowing in their international and their position in it.

The quantity additionally addresses the difficulty of anthropologists unconsciously projecting their glossy worldviews at the tradition lower than research. therefore, the ebook seriously defines and strengthens using worldviews within the scholarly literature whatever the tradition studied, making it of price not just to Maya students but in addition to these attracted to the anthropologist’s projection of worldview on different cultures in general.

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