Person and Place in Preclassic Maya Community Ritual (400 BC - AD 300)

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/110030
Title:
Person and Place in Preclassic Maya Community Ritual (400 BC - AD 300)
Author:
Bachand, Bruce R.; Bachand, Holly Sullivan
Affiliation:
University of Arizona; University of California, Berkeley
Citation:
Arizona Anthropologist 16:38-72. © 2005 Arizona Anthropologist
Publisher:
University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology
Journal:
Arizona Anthropologist
Issue Date:
2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/110030
Abstract:
Preclassic Maya centers were vibrant stages of performance where communities gathered to reaffirm and redefine themselves. Ceremonial pyramids and plazas were tangible and powerful receptacles of past and present forms of community identity. Archaeological remains enable us to develop a multi-generational sketch of public ritual life in the Maya lowlands from 400 BC to AD 300. Transformations in public performance and community participation corresponded with a series of modifications to ceremonial precints. Public architecture in many communities became increasingly less accessible to a large audience of observers. The artistic imagery associated with these buildings also changed markedly - initially depicting zoomorphic or masked beings and ultimately culminating in the portraiture of real historic personages. Concomitant with these changes were pronounced innovations in ritual interment as certain community members began to be entombed in and around public architecture. Taken together, these features suggest Preclassic Maya communities altered their ritual practices to accommodate emerging social realities and inchoate political identities.
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
1062-1601

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBachand, Bruce R.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBachand, Holly Sullivanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-08-21T01:40:53Z-
dc.date.available2010-08-21T01:40:53Z-
dc.date.issued2005-
dc.identifier.citationArizona Anthropologist 16:38-72. © 2005 Arizona Anthropologisten_US
dc.identifier.issn1062-1601-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/110030-
dc.description.abstractPreclassic Maya centers were vibrant stages of performance where communities gathered to reaffirm and redefine themselves. Ceremonial pyramids and plazas were tangible and powerful receptacles of past and present forms of community identity. Archaeological remains enable us to develop a multi-generational sketch of public ritual life in the Maya lowlands from 400 BC to AD 300. Transformations in public performance and community participation corresponded with a series of modifications to ceremonial precints. Public architecture in many communities became increasingly less accessible to a large audience of observers. The artistic imagery associated with these buildings also changed markedly - initially depicting zoomorphic or masked beings and ultimately culminating in the portraiture of real historic personages. Concomitant with these changes were pronounced innovations in ritual interment as certain community members began to be entombed in and around public architecture. Taken together, these features suggest Preclassic Maya communities altered their ritual practices to accommodate emerging social realities and inchoate political identities.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona, Department of Anthropologyen_US
dc.titlePerson and Place in Preclassic Maya Community Ritual (400 BC - AD 300)en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of California, Berkeleyen_US
dc.identifier.journalArizona Anthropologisten_US
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