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Ritual in a Farming Community

Cynthia Robin

in Chan

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039831
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043753 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813039831.003.0006
Ritual in a Farming Community

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This chapter explores the 2000-year history of ritual and religion at the farming community of Chan. It identifies three key ritual practices that have a deep history at Chan: ancestor veneration, cardinal directional symbolism, and veneration of the center of the community. The chapter locates the origins of elite Maya state religion in the complex religious belief systems that developed at Chan and other small farming communities like it.

Keywords: Maya; Chan; farming community; ritual; religion; ancestor veneration; community

Chapter.  7256 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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