Maya History and Religion

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1990 - History - 415 pages
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Believing that Maya studies today are "suffering from imbalance," J. Eric S. Thompson here approaches Maya history and religion from the standpoint of ethno-history. Present-day archaeologists often tend to restrict their curiosity to their excavations and social anthropologists to observe the modern Maya as members of a somewhat primitive society in an era of change. In this volume, a distinguished Maya scholar seeks to correlate data from colonial writings and observations of the modern Indian with archaeological information in order to extend and clarify the panorama of Maya culture.

The shock of the Spanish Conquest was devastating to the Maya. Not only were they placed under the domination of a people uninterested in their ancient ways, but their religion was proscribed, they were removed from their familiar settlements into new areas, and new diseases were introduced which ravaged their civilization. In spite of these ordeals, the Maya have clung closely to the old ways, and Maya culture is still very much alive, though slowly giving way before modern technology and influences.

Topics discussed include Putun Maya expansion in Yucatan and the Pasión drainage, the depopulation of the Maya Central area at the time of the Conquest on account of newly introduced diseases, the location of the controversial eastern boundary of the Maya area, trade relations between the highlands and the lowlands, the use of hallucinatory drugs and tobacco, lowlands Maya religion, and the creation myths of the Maya in relation to those of other Middle American cultures.

Mr. Thompson's approach to Maya life will prove thought-provoking to archaeologists, ethnologists, historians, and all others interested in the ancient Maya civilization. 

  

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Contents

PLATES
15
THE MAYA CENTRAL AREA AT THE SPANISH CONQUEST
48
PLACEMENTS
84
TOBACCO AMONG THE MAYA AND THEIR NEIGHBORS
103
TRADE RELATIONS BETWEEN MAYA HIGHLANDS
124
Merchants and Their Dealings
136
Lowland Exports
146
Some General Considerations
156
Head of the Maize
194
THE MAJOR GODS
197
FIGURES
201
Panel of the Foliated Cross Palenque
208
Panel of the Cross Palenque
209
Representations of Itzam Na
213
More Examples of Itzam Na
220
Itzam Na as Frame
223

Portrait of a Ruler following page
194
Usurper at Seibal
194
A Sea Coast Village and Merchants
194
Gods in Dresden and Madrid Codices
194
Human Sacrifice
194
Bolon Dzacab 7 Itzam Na Fa9ade
194
Portraits of Gods in Codex Dresden
194
Chacs and Ix Chebel
194
o Chacs and Frogs
194
Moon Goddess and Merchant
194
Maize and Earth 13 The Maize
194
Designs on Pottery and Mural
194
A Page of Codex Madrid 16 Pyramid 1 Tikal
194
Glyphs of Itzam Na Kauil or Bolon Dzacab
225
Ruler with Manikin Scepter 2 31
237
Bacabs
279
LESS KNOWN AND ALIEN GODS
305
MAYA CREATION MYTHS 3 30
330
The Discovery of Maize
348
Deception
355
Sun Courts Moon
363
General Considerations
369
MAPS
383
The Maya Area page 6
394
INDEX
403
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