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Nonroyal Governance at Chan's Community Center

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/9780813039831.003.0007
Nonroyal Governance at Chan's Community Center

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This chapter focuses on Chan's leading families and the nature of leadership and nonroyal governance at the Maya farming community of Chan. Evidence for community-wide festivals and feasts illustrates one of the mechanisms through which leaders brought the community together to build community. Chan's unusually well preserved administrative building provides unique insights into the relationship between community leaders and diviners in community administration and adjudication. The group-focused politics employed by Chan's leaders differed from the highly hierarchical strategies of the Classic Maya kings in their large cities

Keywords: Maya; Chan; farming community; leadership; governance; administration; politics

Chapter.  5935 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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