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The beast between : deer in Maya art and culture

Author: Matthew George Looper
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2019. ©2019
Series: Linda Schele series in Maya and pre-Columbian studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The white-tailed deer had a prominent status in Maya civilization: it was the most important wild-animal food source at many inland Maya sites and also functioned as a major ceremonial symbol. Offering an in-depth semantic analysis of this imagery, The Beast Between considers iconography, hieroglyphic texts, mythological discourses, and ritual narratives to translate the significance and meaning of the vibrant  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew George Looper
ISBN: 9781477318058 1477318054
OCLC Number: 1048658442
Description: viii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Contents: Deer life : the Maya ethnobiology of deer --
Bones to picks : the classic Maya use and depiction of durable deer remains --
Big bucks : deer and social status --
Wearing the horns : deer, sexuality, and fertility in "dying god" scenes --
Locking horns : deer hunting, warfare, the ballgame, and male rites of passage --
Hart's devotion : the Siip in classic and postclassic Maya society --
A sinking hart : the solar symbolism of deer in Maya art --
Deer departed : cervid spirits of death and disease --
Epilogue. Out of the woods: deer and borders.
Series Title: Linda Schele series in Maya and pre-Columbian studies.
Other Titles: Deer in Maya art and culture
Responsibility: Matthew Looper.

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"The white-tailed deer had a prominent status in Maya civilization: it was the most important wild-animal food source at many inland Maya sites and also functioned as a major ceremonial symbol. Offering an in-depth semantic analysis of this imagery, The Beast Between considers iconography, hieroglyphic texts, mythological discourses, and ritual narratives to translate the significance and meaning of the vibrant metaphors expressed in a variety of artifacts depicting deer and hunting. Charting the importance of deer as a key component of the Maya diet, especially for elites, and analyzing the coupling of deer and maize in the Maya worldview, The Beast Between reveals a close and long-term interdependence between the Maya and these animals. Not only are deer depicted naturalistically in hunting and ritual scenes, but also they are assigned human attributes. This rich imagery reflects the many ways in which deer hunting was linked to status, sexuality, and war as part of a deeper process to ensure the regeneration of both agriculture and ancestry. Drawing on methodologies of art history, archaeology, and ethnology, this illuminating work is poised to become a key resource for multiple fields."--

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"The author makes important contributions here, especially to ongoing efforts to recover poorly understood aspects of ancient Maya mythology as revealed through scenes on painted pottery. Profusely Read more...

 
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