Cahokia as a World Renewal Cult Heterarchy

A. Martin Byers

in Cahokia

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780813029580
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039183 | DOI:
Cahokia as a World Renewal Cult Heterarchy

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This chapter provides an elucidation of the World Renewal Cult Heterarchy model. This model is specifically designed to articulate the type of social system manifested in Cahokia and the other mound locales that would be consistent with the principles of immanent sacredness, squatter ethos, inclusive territorialism, custodial domain, agentive autonomy, enabling hierarchy, and so on, these being the basic concepts underwriting the heterarchical polyistic locale-centric account of Cahokia and its associated mound locales. It also treats Cahokia as a cooperative and very active religious center of a complex mutualistic world renewal cult heterarchy. In addition, an overview of the American Bottom Mississippian period system is given.

Keywords: Cahokia; World Renewal Cult Heterarchy model; social system; American Bottom; Mississippian period

Chapter.  7092 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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