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Ancient Zapotec Religion

Author : Michael Lind
ISBN : 9781607323747
Genre : Social Science
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Ancient Zapotec Religion is the first comprehensive study of Zapotec religion as it existed in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on the eve of the Spanish Conquest. Author Michael Lind brings a new perspective, focusing not on underlying theological principles but on the material and spatial expressions of religious practice. Using sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish colonial documents and archaeological findings related to the time period leading up to the Spanish Conquest, he presents new information on deities, ancestor worship and sacred bundles, the Zapotec cosmos, the priesthood, religious ceremonies and rituals, the nature of temples, the distinctive features of the sacred and solar calendars, and the religious significance of the murals of Mitla—the most sacred and holy center. He also shows how Zapotec religion served to integrate Zapotec city-state structure throughout the valley of Oaxaca, neighboring mountain regions, and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Ancient Zapotec Religion is the first in-depth and interdisciplinary book on the Zapotecs and their religious practices and will be of great interest to archaeologists, epigraphers, historians, and specialists in Native American, Latin American, and religious studies.
Category: Social Science

The Foundations Of Cognitive Archaeology

Author : Marc A. Abramiuk
ISBN : 9780262304351
Genre : Science
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In The Foundations of Cognitive Archaeology, Marc Abramiuk proposes a multidisciplinary basis for the study of the mind in the past, arguing that archaeology and the cognitive sciences have much to offer one another. Abramiuk draws on relevant topics from philosophy, biological anthropology, cognitive psychology, cognitive anthropology, and archaeology to establish theoretically founded and empirically substantiated principles of a discipline that integrates different approaches to mind-related archaeological research. Abramiuk discusses the two ways that archaeologists have traditionally viewed the human mind: as a universal or as a relative interface with the environment. He argues that neither view by itself can satisfactorily serve as a basis for gleaning insight into all aspects of the mind in the past and, therefore, the mind is more appropriately studied using multiple approaches. He explains the rationale for using these approaches in mind-related archaeological research, reviewing the literature in both cognitive psychology and cognitive anthropology on human memory, perception, and reasoning. Drawing on archaeological and genetic evidence, Abramiuk investigates the evolution of the mind through the Upper Paleolithic era -- when the ancient mind became functionally comparable to the modern human mind. Finally, Abramiuk offers a model for the establishment of a discipline dealing with the study of the mind in the past that integrates all the approaches discussed.
Category: Science

Archaeological Semiotics

Author : Robert W. Preucel
ISBN : 9781405199131
Genre : History
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"How meaning is generated in cultural life is a vast and central topic for the social sciences, including archaeology. This book is a must for anyone interested in this area."-Chris Gosden, University of Oxford --
Category: History

Die Religionen Der Mesoamerikanischen Hochkulturen

Author : Anna Gosslar
ISBN : 9783640463510
Genre : Social Science
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2008 im Fachbereich Archäologie, Note: 1,7, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Diese Arbeit soll einen kurzen Überblick und Vergleich der verschiedenen Religionen der mesoamerikanischen Hochkulturen liefern. Hierzu gehören unter anderem Olmeken, Zapoteken, Maya, Tolteken, und Azteken. Eine chronologische Gliederung der Thematik ist also nur bedingt möglich, da einzelne Kulturen sich teilweise zeitlich überschneiden. Auch soll hier keinen Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit erhoben werden, zumal weitere Hochkulturen, wie z.B. diejenige von Teotihuacan oder die der Mixteken aufgrund ihrer ungünstigen Quellenlage nicht berücksichtigt werden können.
Category: Social Science

Ancient Mesoamerica

Author : John Allen Graham
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173017254642
Genre : Central America
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Category: Central America

Domestic Ritual In Ancient Mesoamerica

Author : Patricia Scarborough Plunket
ISBN : STANFORD:36105110267627
Genre : Social Science
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Focuses on ritual expression in at the household level, comparing the manifestation ofs of domestic ritual across time and space in both the cores and peripheries of ancient Mesoamerica, in the cities and in the villages. The authors explore the ways in whihc cosmological principles and concepts of the sacred were used in the construction of ritual space and practice, how local landscapes provided templates for the images and paraphernalia recovered from archaeological contexts, how foreign enclaves relaied on ritual for social reproduction, and how domestic ritual was related to, and indeed embedded in, institutionalized state religions.
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Mesoamerican Figurines

Author : Christina T. Halperin
ISBN : UOM:39015080869905
Genre : History
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This book examines figurines from the Olmec to the Aztec civilizations. This book also analyzes these objects by their stylistic attributes, archaeological content, function.
Category: History