Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like

Elizabeth Graham

in Maya Christians and Their Churches in Sixteenth-Century Belize

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036663
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041834 | DOI:
Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like

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The title of this chapter is taken from a children's book, the theme of which is used as a way to explore religion. Archaeology, the reading of texts, religion, and magic are compared, as are gods, dragons, and religious experience. It is argued that archaeological practices involve a sensual array and hence are deeply experiential and informative; in this way archaeology stands to contribute uniquely to knowledge.

Keywords: dragon; religion; archaeology; God; touch; senses

Chapter.  2920 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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