Patron Gods and Patron Lords: The Semiotics of Classic Maya by Joanne Baron PDF

By Joanne Baron

ISBN-10: 1607325179

ISBN-13: 9781607325178

In the 1st finished remedy of vintage Maya purchaser deity veneration, Joanne P. Baron demonstrates the crucial value of shopper deity cults in political relationships among either rulers and their matters and between assorted Maya kingdoms. Weaving jointly proof from inscriptions, photos, and artifacts, Patron Gods and buyer Lords offers new insights into how the vintage Maya polity was once geared up and maintained.


Using semiotic concept, Baron attracts on 3 our bodies of facts: ethnographies and manuscripts from Postclassic, Colonial, and sleek Maya communities that connect buyer saints to pre-Columbian customer gods; hieroglyphic texts from the vintage interval that debate purchaser deity veneration; and excavations from four shopper deity temples on the web site of los angeles Corona, Guatemala. She exhibits how the vintage Maya used buyer deity effigies, temples, and acts of devotion to barter crew club, social entitlements, and duties among members and groups. She additionally explores the broader position of those strategies in politics, arguing that rituals and discourses on the topic of buyer deities finally formulated Maya rulership as a in the neighborhood orientated establishment, which constrained the power of strong kingdoms to create wider spiritual communities.


Applying a brand new theoretical technique for the archaeological research of ideology and gear dynamics, Patron Gods and consumer Lords unearths an missed point of the idea system of Maya communities.


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