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Lightning Is Born: <i>Using Ch</i>′<i>orti</i>′ <i>Ritual to Interpret Ancient Maya Art</i>

Matthew Looper

in The Ch′orti′ Maya Area

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033310
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033310.003.0008
Lightning Is Born: Using Ch′orti′ Ritual to Interpret Ancient Maya Art

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This chapter discusses the result of an interpretation of ancient Maya art using Ch'orti' ritual. It suggests that the existence of common symbols in both ancient and modern cultures does not necessarily imply cultural or ethnic continuity. It illustrates these points using an example from the complex series of traditional rainmaking rites to interpret a monumental sculpture program at the ancient site of Quirigua, Guatemala.

Keywords: Maya art; Ch'orti' ritual; culture; cultural continuity; ethnic continuity; rainmaking rites; Quirigua; Guatemala

Chapter.  5058 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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