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Living with the ancestors : kinship and kingship in Ancient Maya Society

Author: Patricia Ann McAnany
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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"This new edition of Living with the Ancestors contains an entirely new introduction that synthesizes scholarship on ancestralizing practices that has emerged since the 1995 publication of the first edition, which was heralded in Ethnohistory as “a gem” by Robert M. Carmack. Ancestor veneration in the Maya region traditionally was associated with divine kingship and royal genealogies. In this study, the author  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Genealogy
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Ann McAnany
ISBN: 9780521719353 0521719356 9780521895163 0521895162
OCLC Number: 861317847
Description: xxxiii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction to the revised edition --
Point of departure --
Ancestor veneration and lineage organization in the Maya region --
Creating a genealogy of place --
Lineage as a crucible of inequality --
Kin groups and divine kingship in lowland Maya society --
Ancestors and archaeology of place --
Postscript: the future of the ancestors and the clash between science and human rights.
Responsibility: by Patricia A. McAnany.

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This book contains an entirely new introduction that synthesizes scholarship on practices of ancestral veneration that has emerged since the 1995 publication of the first edition.  Read more...

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